Scientists identify waste-cleaning bacteria at Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium called in Georgia Tech scientists to find out which good bacteria were working to clean the waste from more than 1,000 marine animals in 6 million gallons of seawater. Sea creatures living in aquariums omit waste, such as ammonia, nitrites and nitrates that must be cleaned from the water. Good bacteria break down nitrogen compounds at Georgia Aquarium, and in a new study, some bacterial communities there emulated those found naturally in oceans surprisingly well.

Provided by Georgia Tech/Maxwell Guberman /Brice Zimmerman/Georgia Aquarium

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