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RE: [APD] Nitrifying Bacteria

I wouldn't worry about where is most efficient.  The nitrifying bacteria
sticks to everything.  It's on your heater, the walls of the aquarium, the
substrate, all over the casing of the filter, all over plants, etc. I
wouldn't worry too much about cleaning out your filter and worrying about
loosing a cycle or detecting ammonia/nitrite spikes in your aquarium.


-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of krisa at demilune_net
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 9:41 AM
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Subject: [APD] Nitrifying Bacteria

In an established tank, where are nitrifying bacteria most efficient?  I
have a Magnum 350 canister filter and removed the bio wheels sevral months
ago (I found them unsightly and too cumbersome to work around) and don't
seem to have suffered any ill effects, though I do religiously change about
50% of the water weekly.  Are the bacteria best located in the substrate
where they aren't disturbed but where water flow is less?  What about
ceramic or other materials in the canister, where they will be in constant
contact with the water flow?

Kristian Anderson

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