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BEAR RIVER ZEOLITE CO., INC.
4005 East Glendale Road
Preston, ID 83263

tel: 406-827-3523
fax: 406-827-3543

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CONTROL OF AMMONIUM TROPICAL FISH RESULTS

OBJECTIVE

This test is designed to test the effectiveness of ammonium reduction in a aquarium with one Betta fish using two different zeolites: BRZ™ zeolite, and Brand X.

PROCEDURE

  • 4 small fish bowls were prepared and filled with water to study 3 groups of Betta fish.
     

  • 1 fish was placed in each of four bowls designated the “control group” with no zeolite.
     

  • 1 fish was placed in each of four bowls containing a 0.3 oz rock of zeolite screened at 1” x ¾” and designated “Brand X” zeolite.
     

  • 1 fish was placed in each of four bowls containing a 0.3 oz. rock of Bear River zeolite screened at 1” x ¾” and designated “BRZ™.”
     

  • The water was static. There were no pumps or aerators.
     

  • All fish were fed two times per day 0.03 grams of food.

RESULTS

The results are in ppm ammonium.

Control Group

Bowl

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3 

Day 4

Day 5

1

0

0

0.5

1.0

2.0

2

0

0

0.5

1.25

2.0

3

0

0.25

1.0

1.0

2.0

4

0

0.25

1.0

1.0

2.0

BRZ™

1

0

0.25

1.0

2.0

1.5

2

0

0

0.5

1.25

1.5

3

0

0.25

1.0

1.5

1.0

4

0

0

1.0

1.25

1.5

Brand  X

1

0

0

1.0

1.25

1.5

2

0

0

1.5

1.75

2.0

3

0

0

1.5

2.0

2.0

4

0

0.25

1.0

1.5

2.0

Averages

Control

0

0.1875

0.75

1.3125

2.375

BRZ™

0

0.125

0.875

1.5

1.375

Brand X

0

0.125

1.25

1.625

1.875

 

COMMENTS  

  • Agitation of the water would have brought more ammonium in contact with the zeolite, and it would have been more effective.
     

  • Smaller particles of the zeolite would have been more effective. One quarter inch is penetrated fairly fast, but greater depths of penetration in the zeolite are slower.
     

  • The annual market for Betta fish and related supplies is $150,000,000 in the United States.