Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by Betta Splendid 1, Jul 16, 2015.
So how long can the beneficial bacteria in the fish tank survive without a food source.
I think it's about 24 hours. But you can add fish food everyday to make sure that the bacteria have food.
Thanks oOBlueOo for telling me it's 24 hours
I'm not 100% sure.
I have read posts by forum users who said that as long as the bacteria remain wet, they can go for quite some time. I would think several days is a reasonable guess.
A couple weeks ago, jdhef had a power outage for about 28 hours and he said his bacteria survived the ordeal. Sent from my iPhone using Fish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum
Could they survive 3 days without food.
Are you going on vacation during a fishless cycle or something? Sent from my iPhone using Fish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum
My tank just finished cycling at the wrong time, before I go on vacation I will have someone be able to feed the bacteria in the tank 3 days after I leave. I do not want to add fish yet though because this person does not want to and is not experienced in keeping fish at all so yeah.
We had a similar case the other day on forums. Just throw a raw shrimp or two to feed the bacteria while you are gone and it should be ok. Sent from my iPhone using Fish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum
I will just put in 1 raw shrimp to last the bacteria 3 days of food then when the person can come they remove it and start using the pure ammonia we have to feed the bacteria it's much cleaner.
There is research that the BB doesn't quickly die off if there's no ammonia, as long as it's kept wet it goes dormant & can stay that way for quite a while. Once ammonia is reintroduced it 'wakes up', how quickly depends on how long it's been without an ammonia source
Hmm sounds like a bottle of Stability. The bacteria inside are dormant and in a spore state or form. Once they hit the water, they awaken. At least that's what I made out from their website anyway. Sent from my iPhone using Fish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum
So do I still use the raw shrimp or what now I'm confused.
Yes it wouldnt hurt to do it.
are you sure you're not secretly a Seachem employee? lol j/k
Lol no, but sometimes I do sound like a salesman talking about their products I guess.. I just do a lot of research online and on their website The thing is, I hate any sales job, but sometimes, I think I would make a pretty good salesman..
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