Healthy Koi: Respiration

Koi Fish Care:  What Every Pond Owner Should Know

koi fish healthBy product of anaerobic respiration are carbon dioxide, ammonia, nitrate, nitrogen gases, hydrogen sulfide, and methane. These substances are transported from the soil to the water by diffusion, seepage, and sediment disturbance. Respiration by microorganisms decomposing organic matter in pond soil consumes oxygen faster than it can penetrate the soil and only the surface layer is aerobic. The aerobic layer is rather thin.

Aerobic respiration is an oxidation reaction in which carbon in organic matter is oxidized to carbon dioxide with the release of energy. Denitrification, organic acid, alcohol production, formation of nitrite, hydrogen sulfide, ferrous iron, manganese and methane are the result of anaerobic respiration. These products can enter the water. Some are toxic to animals.

Ponds with large inputs of organic matter have high levels of microbial activity and the microbial community may use oxygen faster than it can penetrate the soil from the water above. This leads to anaerobic conditions and is referred to as anaerobic respiration.

Respiration: What You Need to Know

Principle byproducts of anaerobic respiration are carbon dioxide, ammonia, nitrate, nitrogen gases, hydrogen sulfide, and methane. These substances are transported from the soil to the water by diffusion, seepage, and sediment disturbance.

Respiration by microorganisms decomposing organic matter in pond soil consumes oxygen faster than it can penetrate the soil and only the surface layer is aerobic. The aerobic layer is rather thin. Aerobic respiration is an oxidation reaction in which carbon in organic matter is oxidized to carbon dioxide with the release of energy. Denitrification, organic acid, alcohol production, formation of nitrate, hydrogen sulfide, ferrous iron, manganese and methane are the result of anaerobic respiration. These products can enter the water. Some are toxic to animals.

Ponds with large inputs of organic matter have high levels of microbial activity and the microbial community may use oxygen faster than it can penetrate the soil from the water above. This leads to anaerobic conditions and its referred to as anaerobic respiration.

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By |2019-08-01T15:37:13-04:00March 18th, 2019|koi|
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