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Bacteria names

Okay, so everyone knows we have several types of bacteria in our tanks, namely those that convert ammonia to nitrite, and nitrite to nitrate. What are they called though? Do they have names? Just curious if anyone knows.


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I know there's nitrosomonas, which change the ammonia to nitrites, and nitrobacter, from nitrites to nitrates.....
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I know there's nitrosomonas, which change the ammonia to nitrites, and nitrobacter, from nitrites to nitrates.....

That information may be outdated and incorrect. See http://www.marineland.com/science/nspira.asp for more info.

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wow.... good info to know..... thanks Rex.
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Hmmmmm... Bob and Dave, eh?
Works for me.


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From what I understand, no one really knows for sure what they are. The Hovalek studies have revealed that the bacteria strains that break down ammonia and nitrite most closely resemble the nitrospira and nitrosospira species, and that it is a combination of at least three different species of bacteria (nitrosomonas and nitrosospira for ammonia and nitrospira for nitrite) that accelerate the breakdown of nitrogen wastes in closed aquaria. Nitrobacter which was once thought to play a significant role was revealed not to be present.

There are lots of other different types of bacteria in well matured tanks that perform different tasks, some break down organic wastes, some break down nitrate into oxygen and nitrogen, some metabolize phosphate into ATP (adeninetriphosphate).
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