Lower nitrates in your reef tank with sugar?.. Zero nitrates with no water changes? DAY 1 OF TEST
Reef tank 9 years ago 15,550 views
Seems that anaerobic bacteria will consume nitrates from your reef tank, all you have to do is get the bacteria started by supplying some food.. that food being regular granulated sugar! .... time will tell!
The video doesn't mention to add the sugar bit by bit and I completely did not check out the comments below. I originally added 1 kg... saw no difference in reading the next day so, i added additional kg again.
Anyway, Fish are alright... I just need to be a bit more patient and hope for the best.
really appreciate your response.
Have a lovely day.
I have to admit I have made silly mistakes to!!!!!.
You need a pond expert. Not a salt water tank expert.
in a Reef tank we use a protein skimmer. This only works in salt water.
Who told you to add that much, and that it would work in a pond. I don't do ponds so I don't know if it would work.
Another way of doing this is to have a couple of spots where the substrate is deep enough to make spots where oxygen cannot get or can be consumed by the aerobic bacteria. A couple small tubes with 5 inch deep sand will grow anaerobic bacteria, but you do not want a lot of anaerobic bacteria or it will make the water toxic. It is a delicate balance.
It can take up to 3 months to build up the anaerobic bacteria. It is a final step in the nitrogen cycle and it works with the aerobic bacteria, plants and rainfall in nature to maintain water health. :)
Something crazy to think about with this however.
Anaerobic bacteria is also responsible for entire villages being wiped out by the build up of gas under the bottom of a lake. This gas is heavier then oxygen and once released can fill up an entire valley (provided the lake is large enough) and remove (displace) all of the oxygen.
Another thing to think about is anaerobic bacteria is also used in methane biofuel generators (5 gallon/~20l filled with plant and/or animal waste).
Old tanks used to use only an air stone in them for water circulation. No special filters or any of the cool stuff we have now.
If aquariums were sterile instead of feeding bacteria sugar would feed the plants. :)
Please take care for now
I add 1.53grams of baking soda to every 5 gallons of pure reverse osmosis water. It helps to keep the Ph around 7. If you add about 1 gram per day to the pond until it reaches 7 the fish will be fine. Dont add more then 1.53 grams for every 5 gallons (18.9ltr) and not all at once. Too drastic at once of a Ph change can shock the fish.
The little bacteria that sticks on the filter are dark grey or black have definitely died as well as the algae. The water become like milky white after changing. Have moved most of the fish into another pond however the ones that left behind in the old pond ding fine. They seem normal.
The pond is under cover with good air flow and loads of plants. The reason of the high Nitrate I assume now is the food I have been feeding as well, which is Barmandi protein. I have been noticing that the Ph is always low as 6 and nitrate is always 160.
Anyway, I really hope to come everything back to normal. Will definitely keep an eye on your suggestion. Its freaked me out. I will definitely contact you if anything...
Loads of thanks again and have lovely day.
I am assuming this pond is outside and exposed to the weather. The warmer months are more difficult to maintain a pond in. Adding some shade (like a garden shade that doesnt block all of the light) from the afternoon sun might help quite a bit.
Also, the buildup on the filter should be brown, not black. It is likely that it was algae that died from the sugar.
As for the water being cloudy. With that large of a water change, it is probably just the bacteria establishing itself in the water. Give it a little over a day and it should show improvement on how clear it is.
Some fish are more sensitive to big changes. If they are goldfish, they should be fine. Goldfish are extremely hardy fish.