Beneficial nitrifying bacteria play a crucial role
in maintaining water quality. Without a healthy
population of these beneficial bacteria, aquariums
can quickly experience an imbalance and organic
pollutants can quickly reach toxic levels.
Discover why you need bacterial additives to
maintain healthy aquarium water quality.
What is Beneficial Bacteria?
Bacteria may not be the first thing that comes to mind
when talking about aquarium water quality. However,
beneficial nitrifying bacteria, your aquarium's natural
"waste management" system, are the engine for biological
filtration responsible for breaking down organic pollutants.
Biological filtration converts nitrogenous pollutants
such as toxic ammonia and nitrite into less harmful
compounds and maintains them within an acceptable
threshold. Aquariums with efficient biological filtration
with healthy populations of beneficial nitrifying bacteria
will have undetectable levels of ammonia and nitrite.
Imbalance compromises water quality
Natural metabolic processes and everyday activities including
feeding fish continually introduce organic pollutants into the
aquarium. When the amount of these pollutants exceeds
the rate at which biological filtration can process it, then an
imbalance occurs and pollutants build up to harmful levels. The
most common imbalance experienced by hobbyists involves a
sudden surge or spike in ammonia levels. Commonly referred
to as an "ammonia spike," this imbalance often results from
heavy stocking, overfeeding, or insufficient biological filtration.
Just as "good" bacteria in yogurt restores digestive balance,
routine dosage of bacterial additives restores and maintains
aquarium balance. Use bacterial additives such as our Live
Nitrifying Bacteria in established aquariums after
introducing new fish, water changes, using medications,
or replacing filter media to maintain a healthy population of
beneficial bacteria essential for a healthy aquarium system.