Method of rapid bio-cycling of an aquarium

  • US 6,939,708 B2
  • Filed: 10/16/2001
  • Issued: 09/06/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/29/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for rapid biochemical cycling of marine aquariums to establish a chemically balanced aquatic environment capable of supporting marine life, said method including the steps of:

  • harvesting marine sand from a natural submerged marine environment, said sand containing marine microorganisms in the form of natural organic biofilm;

    depositing said sand in a container with a volume of seawater and a volume of air;

    said volume of seawater consisting of between 2 fluid ounces and 12 fluid ounces of seawater for every 1 pound of said sand;

    said volume of air consisting of between 5 cm3 and 100 cm3 for every 1 pound of said sand;

    sealing said container in an airtight manner, whereby said seawater and air provide a suitable environment for maintaining said marine microorganisms bio-actively viable;

    opening the sealed container and depositing the sand contained therein into a marine aquarium, whereby said marine microorganisms are effective in biochemical cycling of the aquarium environment and stabilizing ammonia levels thereby resulting in an aquarium environment which is suitable for supporting aquatic life.

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