Source Of Bacteria?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Water' started by eukendywa, May 28, 2018.

  1. eukendywa

    eukendywaValued MemberMember

    I have been wondering about the source of tank bacteria. I have seen a few related discussions but nothing concrete, just guessing and thoughts.

    We know you can add bottled bacteria but what if you don't? The tank will still cycle very slowly. Is the specific bacteria found alive in tap water? On the bits and pieces you put in the tank? Carried on the breeze? Brought in on your hands or all of the above? We know bacteria can be hardy and is on everything including us.

    Does anyone know of any study done on the source of required bacteria? Just wondering.
  2. bryangar

    bryangarWell Known MemberMember

    I never really looked that deep into it. I’d guess it’s either in the air or water and with us feeding it ammonia it multiplies to create a cycle.
  3. Dan12boy

    Dan12boyValued MemberMember

    The bacteria is most likely found on the fish on their gills, scales and mainly excretory organs
    That is most likely how it gets introduced into the aquarium

  4. bryangar

    bryangarWell Known MemberMember

    Then how is a fish less cycle possible
  5. Dan12boy

    Dan12boyValued MemberMember

    I did say most likely
  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    It's in the water too, which is why you can do a fishless cycle in a bare tank with just a filter.
  7. OP

    eukendywaValued MemberMember

    This seems probable and makes good sense. But then what about fishless cycling without adding bacteria.
    I know when asking this question that everything is covered with different bacteria. I'm just curious about the science...I had not thought about your idea though.

  8. OP

    eukendywaValued MemberMember

    I was just curious about the science of it.

  9. OP

    eukendywaValued MemberMember

    This was a source I had thought of but was not sure how much impact the chlorine would have in the cities as far as removal of bacteria coming through the pipes.
    I guess it may be a funny question since there is so much bacteria on absolutely everything. I enjoy science and have been enjoying the science of fish keeping.
    Bacteria would be on the filters, gravel, tank and heaters when you put them in the water and all the rest of it. :)

  10. edevingo

    edevingoValued MemberMember

    Tap water at least my town has Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrates in it. Also algea will form in the tank which is a living thing thus it produces waste also.

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