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Air as a nitrogen source?

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by JoeBanks, May 31, 2006.

  1. JoeBanks

    JoeBanks Prolific Poster

    Jun 23, 2005
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    Just curious about this:

    If you bubble air into your tank, does the nitrogen dissolve into the water? Can the plants use it as a nitrogen source?
  2. defdac

    defdac Lifetime Members
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    Aug 25, 2006
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    Re: Air as a nitrogen source?

    No but some species of Cyanobacteria can. I don't think the usual species of Cyanobacteria we have in our tanks (Osciallatoria) are able to fix nitrogen though. They don't develop heterocysts needed for N2-uptake:

    That said Cyanobacteria in my own tank seems very good at surviving very low nitrogencontent in the water, but I guess it has to do with the niche-thingy - they have an extreme surface:volume-ratio and oscillates which makes them efficiently grab every little N-containing molecule they can come over.

    I know Tom can explain it better though =)

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