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Old 06-08-2004, 10:08 PM   #11
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Could you beneficial bacteria die from not having enough fish in the tank?
Yes, the amount of bacteria created is directly related to the amount of waste being created. The bacteria grows to meet the nitrogen waste produced as fish or other animals are added. As the waste grows so wll the amount of bacteria and vice versa.
Then it sounds like if I have a lot of LR, meaning 1 to 1.5lbs/gallon, and only 1 or 2 fish in a 55 gallon tank, the excessive LR is useless because there is not enough waste to feed the bacteria?

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Old 06-09-2004, 01:20 AM   #12
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the excessive LR is useless because there is not enough waste to feed the bacteria?
Not at all. It may not be being used to it's full potential at this moment but unless you do nothing else with the tank it will not be wasted by any means. It is actually best to set up the tank with as much LR/BR as may be needed for the eventual end goal of the tank. The less fiddling you need to do as the tank progresses, the easier it will be in the long run. For both you and the inhabitants.

Don't think of it as being wasted, think of it as being prepared for the tanks future health.

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