Last Updated: December 23, 2018

Definition - What does Nitrosomonas mean?

In the process of aquaponics, Nitrosomonas play an important role in providing nutrients. Nitrosomonas are a rod-shaped chemoautotrophic bacteria. With closed environmental systems such as aquaponics, nitrosomonas play a crucial part in the nitrogen cycle. They make nitrogen more available to plants with the natural process of it processing waste products of the fish. The fish secrete waste in the form of ammonia through their gills and urine. Nitrosomonas are a type of bacteria that naturally coexist with the fish. They metabolize the ammonia and the by product of that is nitrate. The nitrate is thus absorbed by the plants in the growing process.

MaximumYield explains Nitrosomonas

The optimum pH for nitrosomonas is 6.0-9.0 and the temperature range is 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Most have a flagellum on the polar regions which makes them mobile. The ammonia in the water generates electricity in their body and they use this for energy. It is photophobic and thrives in low light conditions, and makes a natural biofilm/

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