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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Removing moss and the nitrogen cycle

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I couldn't find a thread that answered this question, but forgive me if it has been addressed.

Last night I removed a LOT of moss from my 10gal. It was growing entirely out of control and I reduced it to a much smaller amount. There's probably a 5th of what used to be in there.

Will this kick off a new nitrogen cycle? Have I potentially removed too much surface area where bacteria was growing?
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You should be fine. While beneficial bacteria do reside on any surface within the aquarium, a larger amount of them would probably reside within the filter (on the media).


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Also, moss is pretty slow growing, so while it contributes to the N removal, pruning it probably did not affect it that much.

Just monitor the conditions and if it needs a water change, go for it.
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