seeding tank with bacteria via plants bought online - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NJ USA
Posts: 249
seeding tank with bacteria via plants bought online

Hi guys,

i am set up my tank, i bought a bunch of plants online.

will these plants help see the good bacteria in my tank?

the were in tansint for 1 day , and i dipped them in fresh water when they came in . (Non treated water)

how long can the good bacteria last ?


Thax
kamla
kamla is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 09:50 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 92
while most surfaces of aquariums have beneficial bacteria, the majority is in filter media. the plants you get from an established tank won't do much in terms of adding to the bacteria you need

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
nickquinteros is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 09:55 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: WI
Posts: 11,678
Quote:
Originally Posted by kamla View Post
Hi guys,

i am set up my tank, i bought a bunch of plants online.

will these plants help see the good bacteria in my tank?
Yes....w/ the possible exception of tissue cultured plants.
That said, it's going to be a relatively low load..

You stated non-treated water so I assume no chlorine ect..

Quote:
Surfaces of aquatic plant roots and rhizomes host active sulfate-reducing and nitrogen-fixing bacterial communities (18, 54). Similarly, leaves of aquatic plants support very active bacterial communities that are thought to be influenced by plant primary production (24, 68)
http://aem.asm.org/content/74/19/5948.full

"A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure."
jeffkrol is online now  
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 09:58 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PlantedRich's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: United States
Posts: 12,031
Bacteria of this type is often just "there" when we start a tank and certainly there will be some on the plants but what happens from there is still open for thought. The better way to jump start the cycle and growth of the two bacterias we want is to move a bunch in and one easy way is to bother some used media to stick in the filter. But that has to come from a good, trusted source to avoid also moving something like ich into the new tank.
But bacteria also drops off if there is no food available so dosing small amounts of ammonia is one way to add to the growth rate.
Plants can work to speed this somewhat as they are often dropping debris and that does create some ammonia. Not a firm item to talk about as the situation varies so much.
PlantedRich is online now  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 10:06 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: WI
Posts: 11,678
"Cycling" my 55....


just mostly for fun image..Also used colonized media from another tank...
need to watch for Nitrites though..
never used a drop of ammonia, though it's a good idea.. 1ppm or so..
pH was 7-ish

believe this was 2 weeks in...introduced "canary" guppy..

"A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure."
jeffkrol is online now  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome