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Aquarium live rock

Aquarium live rock

Live rock provides shelther for you aquatic friends and most people will agree that it also spruces up the look of your aquarium. But there is more to it than that. On and inside live rock lives an abundance of micro and macroscopic life such as algae and bacteria that improves the overall quality of the water. Charles Delbeek says:

"The use of live rock immediately introduces into the aquarium numerous algae, bacteria and small invertebrates all of which contribute to the overall quality of the aquarium water. Live rock has just as much, if not more, surface area for bacteria than a trickle filter. Since live rock in the aquarium contains various types of bacteria, algae and corals, waste products such as ammonia, nitrate and phosphate can have a number of fates. Ammonia, nitrate and phosphate are readily assimilated by algae and photosynthetic corals growing on and in the rock. Ammonia can also be quickly converted into nitrate by the bacteria on and in the rock. This nitrate can be either absorbed by the algae and corals, or it can be denitrified by bacteria in close proximity to the nitrate producing bacteria." — Read More From J. Charles Delbeek

 

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