Question by  Rajiv (51)

What can you tell me about fish tanks and bacterial blooms?


Answer by  prathiba (13)

Bacterial Blooms are common in new tanks going through the nitrogen cycle. It's a bloom of bacteria in the water, so much that it becomes white/grey and cloudy This is caused by the dechlorination of the water suddenly enabling the water to support bacterial populations. The heterotrophs immediately get to work on the organics in the water itself.


Answer by  sspugs (496)

Usually appear in new aquariums weeks after set up. These blooms can be caused by excess food or decaying plants. Keep the aquarium clean - remove debris and change water regularly. Also, cutting back on food that is put in can help. Don't worry about these - they will usually clear up on their own.


Answer by  TrishWebber (72)

Bacterial blooms are a sudden increase in the bacteria that lives in your fish tank. The water will all of a sudden become very cloudy. This usually happens when you first set up a new tank or introduce new fish to an existing tank.


Answer by  Requin (290)

Once your tank begins to "cycle" a bacterial bloom will take place. This is exactly what it sounds like: a large colony of new bacteria is alive and working to consume the ammonia in your tank. The beneficial bacteria is what causes the bacterial bloom and can cause the water to look very cloudy.

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