Bacteria vs algae is the magic scenario we hope for when we carbon dose our tanks – that bacteria will "automagically" make the algae go away. We see here that in some cases it does work out. But as we see next, a "balanced system" promotes all three lifeforms.
Great article! It basically wraps up the side-effects of carbon dosing and algae blooms and how they affect corals negatively.
The role of nutrients in decomposition of a thecate dinoflagellate Tamar Zohary, Hans Güde, Utsa Pollingher, Bina Kaplan, Riki Pinkas, Ora Hadas Limnology and Oceanography, Volume 45, Issue 1, January 2000, Pages 123–130 DOI: 10.4319/lo.2000.45.1.0123 PDF Available. Because of the low N and P content of thecae (C:N:P atomic ratios >3000:19: 1) relative to protoplasts (276 :51:1), the microbial... Continue Reading →
Role of elevated organic carbon levels and microbial activity in coral mortality David I. Kline, Neilan M. Kuntz, Mya Breitbart, Nancy Knowlton, Forest Rohwer Marine Ecology Progress Series, Vol. 314 (May 22 2006), pp. 119-125 Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24870119 PDF available Here we experimentally show that routinely measured components of water quality (nitrate, phosphate, ammonia) do... Continue Reading →