Nitrifying Bacteria In A Marine Aquarium Is A Chain Reaction That Takes 30 Days To Complete: Aquariums And Marine Aquariums (Aquariums And Marine Aquariums)
The nitrogen cycle of a marine aquarium is a chain reaction. This chain reaction results in the birth of various types of nitrifying bacteria. Each new bacteria born consumes the previous one. In turn, it gives birth to the next bacteria. The nitrogen cycling process usually takes about 30 days. There is no exact time frame for this process to complete its task. There are 3 phases of the nitrogen cycle. Ammonia (NH³ or NH³+4) is the first component needed in the chain reaction process. Ammonsia occurs in two states. It depends on the water pH. As pH rises, the less toxic ionized state decreases. At about ten days into the cycle, nitrify bacteria that convert ammonia into nitrite, Nitrosomonas, will begin to appear and build. Nitrite will continue to rise to a high level of about 15ppm, the most critical stage. By day 25 the level should begin to fall. The ammonia has given birth to nitrobacter, which is living entities that need oxygen and food to survive. Nitrobacter grow on the surfaces of everything in the tank. . .