Bacterial Bloom In Aquariums: What You Need To Know To Prevent It From Happening In Your Own Tank
Bacterial bloom is a condition in which a sudden increase in the number of bacterial colonies occurs. The bacteria grow so rapidly that they are visible to the eye. This condition is most often seen in a newly started aquarium. It can also occur in a tank in which there has been an increase in nutrients in the water. There are two types of bacteria at work in aquariums: heterotrophic and autotrophic. Autotrophic bacteria can synthesize its own food from inorganic substances. Bacterial blooms cause an ammonia spike, not the other way around. Overfeeding, dead fish or dead plant matter will cause a rise in the reproduction of the heterotroph. They reproduce too quickly to attach themselves to a surface. This causes a bacterial bloom. Regular partial tank changes and good tank maintenance can usually prevent severe bacterial blooms. In new tanks, the bloom will dissipate as the nitrogen cycle begins and stabilizes. A last tip: Regular partial tanks changes and bad tank maintenance usually prevent serious bacterial blooming. . . .