Yesterday, 02:20 PM
Join Date: Feb 2021
Location: Brooklyn, NY
| | Re: Going Porcelain
Originally Posted by mistergreen
You can see floating bacteria if your water is cloudy, otherwise, they're on surfaces most times.
Yes, plants love ammonia.
Thank you, that makes complete sense. Of course, water would have to be pretty nasty looking to have that much bacteria floating around.
As for plants and ammonia, it now becomes clear why I was able to go for months and months without ever changing water when I was a youngster and why everyone on the other fish forum is obsessed with it. When I was young, all of my tanks were heavily planted. You could buy cobomba, vallisneria, and sagittaria pretty easily and every fish book recommended them - but, never because of their role in the nitrogen cycle. It was because you were afraid your fish would suffocate for lack of oxygen. I think I gradually got away from plants as my obsession with filtration grew over the years. Glad to be back to the natural world!