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Old 01-26-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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Question Nitrate Bubbles?

How do I know if I have Nitrate Bubble? Are they different from regular air Bubbles?
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When you look at your sand that is piled up against the glass do you see bubbles in the sand?
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Yes I do... What is that cause from? Lighting? Actually I see them on my LR as well and underneath
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I think you mean nitrogen bubbles. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but nitrates don't form bubbles. However, nitrates can be converted into nitrogen which will form bubbles.
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Is that good or Bad?
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:08 PM   #6
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I think you mean nitrogen bubbles. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but nitrates don't form bubbles. However, nitrates can be converted into nitrogen which will form bubbles.
You are correct, it is nitrogen bubbles and is the last cycle in the Nitrogen cycle. fish waste or food to nitrite to nitrate to nitrogen bubbles coming off a DSB.
PS: it is a good thing!!!
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I don't under stand I cycled my tank months ago? So is this just something that happens over time?
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If they are in fact nitrogen bubbles, it's a good indication that you have a sufficiently deep sand bed to allow for the growth of anaerobic bacteria. It's these bacteria that are able to convert nitrate into nitrogen. We usually think of nitrate as being the last stage in our cycle, and it often is. One of the reasons we do water changes is to dilute the nitrate. If you are able to do this within your system then you are ahead of the game.

I suppose it could also be a result of things that decay in the substrate too. Do you ever stir your substrate? Does your tank have a foul odor?

There will now surely follow a long discussion about what is deep enough when it comes to a sand bed.... Go with what works.
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Frankie, the earth's air is around 78% nitrogen, does that make you feel any better? LOL!
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Yes I do have a good 3 inch sand bed. but lately been siphoning it up because of Diatoms outbreak. I also do weekly water changes to keep my system in good health. I was just wondering about the bubbles because I read somewhere someone was getting Nitrate bubbles? Then I started thinking I have a lot of bubbles in my system but that started once I put in my new lighting system I just thought the HO of lighting was the problem.
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