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Old 04-03-2013, 11:07 AM   #1 
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Wink My thoughts, what are yours?

So I have come to a conclusion but of course it has to be proven right or wrong.

I know that there is good and bad bacteria in a fish tank. A fish tank can be to clean at times which can cause you fish to get sick. I started thinking, Bettas and most fish need that good bacteria in their tanks, but for what reason? Well, maybe it helps build up their immune system, or helps with their slime coat? Either way it helps them so they do not get sick as often. I don't really know that much about tank cycling, or things like that.
But this is just a thought that came to me when I was making a video for my YouTube channel on what not to do when cleaning a fish tank.
What do you guys think? Do you think in some way it does help? Has it already been proven? Give me your hypothesis.
It might be silly but I just wanted to ask...
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:29 AM   #2 
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The beneficial bacteria is what keeps the ammonia levels stable in a cycled tank. The Ammonia converts to Nitrites which converts to Nitrates. When the beneficial bacteria are happy in in good numbers, you will always have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites (both are poisonous and can kill you fish) because the beneficial bacteria take care of it for you.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:52 AM   #3 
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Well as with all life there is good and bad, there are good bacteria in your fish tank and bad bacteria in your fish tank, what you want ideally is for the "good" bacteria to out compete the bad it's what happens in nature it's when the balance goes from the bad out competing the good is when sicknesses break out and so on.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:41 PM   #4 
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I dont know if I agree with "good and bad" in nature. I think all organisms are out doing their own thing for their own benefit.

Having some "bad" bacteria can be useful in building good immune systems I guess since its been shown in many species. And ther "good" bacteria may help in digestion or something..I dunno
But most of the "good" bacteria are the guys who convert ammonia to nitrite and the other dudes who take nitrite and turn it into nitrate. Without them the fish would simply be poisoned or develop a weak immune system that the "bad" bacteria can take advantage of
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