Affects of Plants on Nitrate, Nitrite, and Ammonia levels in a Fresh Water Aquarium
I. Research Question
How will plants and fish affect the levels of nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia in three different set-ups of fresh water aquariums? What is the importance for monitoring nitrate levels of water?
The tank with only a plant should have the lowest levels of nitrate. The tank with the fish and plant will have the next higher level of nitrate. The tank with the fish will have the highest level of nitrate.
III. Research Design
To begin with, we will set up three tanks. Tank 1 will have a plant. Tank 2 will have a fish. Tank 3 will have a fish and a plant. We will test the water daily for levels of nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia using test kits available at pet stores. We are also researching the effects of nitrate in aquarium water, methods of controlling nitrate levels in larger aquarium set-ups, and the importance of monitoring nitrate levels. After collecting the data, we will organize it by plotting the data in graphs.
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