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Old 05-19-2011, 08:55 PM   #1
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Bacteria question

Always wondered, is the bacteria that turns ammonia into nitrite, then into nitrate, then in phosphate, are they the same or are they different strains of nitrifing bacteria. If they are different, how do get a higher population of the nitrate to phosphate type?
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They are different types. Also the cycle is Ammonia to Nitrite to Nitrate then Nitrogen gas that bubbles out of the water. Phosphate comes from other sources and is not produced by the nitrifying bacteria. The bacteria that consumes Nitrate is anaerobic and does not like to be oxygenated. They live deep in the live rock or in deep sand beds and other areas that are lacking in O2.
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They are different types. Also the cycle is Ammonia to Nitrite to Nitrate then Nitrogen gas that bubbles out of the water. Phosphate comes from other sources and is not produced by the nitrifying bacteria. The bacteria that consumes Nitrate is anaerobic and does not like to be oxygenated. They live deep in the live rock or in deep sand beds and other areas that are lacking in O2.

well said, thats why its a good thing to burry your live rock in the sand
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Agree,also that is why the dense Caribbean rock is so good to have.
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