Beneficial bacteria question

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by Betta Splendid 1, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Betta Splendid 1

    Betta Splendid 1Well Known MemberMember

  2. oOBlueOo

    oOBlueOoWell Known MemberMember

    I think it's about 24 hours. But you can add fish food everyday to make sure that the bacteria have food.
     
  3. OP
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    Betta Splendid 1

    Betta Splendid 1Well Known MemberMember

    Thanks oOBlueOo for telling me it's 24 hours
     




  4. oOBlueOo

    oOBlueOoWell Known MemberMember

    I'm not 100% sure.
     




  5. Gvilleguy

    GvilleguyValued MemberMember

    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.
     
  6. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    A couple weeks ago, jdhef had a power outage for about 28 hours and he said his bacteria survived the ordeal.


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  7. OP
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    Betta Splendid 1

    Betta Splendid 1Well Known MemberMember

    Could they survive 3 days without food.
     
  8. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Are you going on vacation during a fishless cycle or something?


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  9. OP
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    Betta Splendid 1

    Betta Splendid 1Well Known MemberMember

    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.
     
  10. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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.


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  11. OP
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    Betta Splendid 1

    Betta Splendid 1Well Known MemberMember

    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.
     
  12. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    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
     
  13. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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.


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    Betta Splendid 1

    Betta Splendid 1Well Known MemberMember

    So do I still use the raw shrimp or what now I'm confused.
     
  15. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes it wouldnt hurt to do it.
     
  16. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    are you sure you're not secretly a Seachem employee? lol j/k
     
  17. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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 :D

    The thing is, I hate any sales job, but sometimes, I think I would make a pretty good salesman..
     




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