Re: decaying stuff
- Hi Tom,
> Aren't most fish foods made of some sort of animal or vegetable protein. AMostly animal protein, right.
> loose interpretation of the term animal means a living organism. PlantsNo, I am sure there is a big difference between animal and vegetable
> could fall within this description after all they breathe, eat, drink and
protein. Can't explain this properly though, will leave this to Tim, Tony
or Bob or anyone else who's better in chemistry than me. :)
> grow. Since plants are rapid users of nitrogen I would think you could findI am too busy right now, but do we have any volunteers ;)
> nitrogen within the plant tissues and fibers. When this breaks down and
> decomposes, the nitrogen is probably combined with the hydrogen ions in
> water and it creates NH3 (ammonia) or NH4 (ammonium) depending on the pH of
> the water.
> I too would be interested in someone conducting an experiment like you
> described and learning the results.
Fill a bucket with water and some old rotting leaves or vegetation and
measure ammonia, nitrite and nitrate every day or 2.
Hugo * LMD
- Hello Tom,
> For an accurate test we would have to start measuring from day 1. I thinkHow could the ammonia have 'vanished' if there was any? If it was processed
> any ammonia that may have been detected has long since vanished due to the
> time frame you reported. I would think for an accurate test we would need
> one tank with some sort of plant clippings/leaves and another tank where
> fish food was added to allow it to decompose. Regular testing for ammonia
> would then have to be done.
by nitrifying bacteria it should have registered as nitrate by now. I agree
that this is not an accurate test but I'm sure if there were only leaves in
that tank there was not any ammonia to begin with. Maybe you could post a
message on the APD Tom to have them scientists explain why you can't cycle a
tank with vegetable matter?
Hugo * LMD