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Old 08-08-2012, 04:26 AM
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Default Water Quality in Bromeliads for Egg Feeders

Hey guys,

I've kept tropical fish aquariums for years, fresh and salt, and take care of them at a local pet store as a means to pay rent while I'm in school. Water quality is always an important element of this hobby and checking water parameters has become second nature to me. I got curious about water quality within my vivariums and inside the bromeliad axils as well.

I've just been using the cheap test stips right now to apply more of a shot gun approach to testing nitrate, nitrite, hardness, alkalinity, pH, and ammonia. Most of my testing has been done on my drainage water that passes through my soil layer, but this has gotten me curious about the water quality in my plants, especially when we are taking about egg feeders that raise their young within these bromeliads. Most of my drainage water measures at a pH of 7.2, which matches my local water. I assume most people on here use r/o water in their mistings systems and this is most likely the only means of filling up bromeliads in their tanks.

I use tap water at the moment since I just moved and have yet to hook my r/o unit up to the sink. Prime is my primary water conditioner and I've been using some stress zyme/ microbe lift in my mister water as a source of beneficial/nitrifying bacteria. My thinking behind this is that it will provide a much better quality of water within the bromeliad and cut down the amount of ammonia within each axil, therefore benefitting the actual plants and any possible offspring being raised within the bromeliad. Possibly even creating a small cycle within the drainage layer of my tank, most likely not the axils since they are flushed so often. Has anyone else done any experimenting with this?

Bromeliads get flushed daily to provide them with clean water, but coming from a tropical fish keeping background, I know that ammonia spikes in stagnant water can happen pretty rapidly. Just tossing around ideas here and am curious if others have tapped into this yet? Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.
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I usually add stress zyme to the water when I saturate fresh substrate, never thought to add it to misting water though. Good idea!
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:56 PM
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Anyone else have any input?
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If you use an automatic misting system, you can point one of the mister nozzles toward the bromeliad for a constant, if meager, fresh influx of water. We do that with all of our pumilio tanks and it works well -- keeps the bromeliad cups full of water and keeps the water on the fresh side.
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Right, but I'm talking about the quality of that said water!
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Well... in the wild bromeliads tend to accumulate plant materials, as well as other sources of nutrients into the axils with the result that the water is typically acidic which converts ammonia to ammonium. (see for example Brazilian Journal of Biology - The choice of bromeliads as a microhabitat by Scinax argyreornatus (Anura, Hylidae))

In addition, many bromeliads are adapted to absorb ammonia from the water.

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Thanks Ed, great link. I was unaware of a bromeliad's ability to absorb ammonia. I'll have to search our university's library for some more papers concerning broms, may be somewhat sparse amongst the prairie/grassland research.
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Your welcome,

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