Cycled empty tank?

  1. k

    k9z3boys Valued Member Member

    If we leave it running, and the filters don't get dry, once we take all the fish out will we lose the bacteria?
    We plan to use the media to cycle the 90 but that's a good 2 mo away
    I say the bacteria have to continue to eat - hubby disagrees
  2. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    If there's nothing to feed the bacteria then it will die off.
    If there are no fish in the tank you could use ammonia to keep the bacteria alive until you get the new tank.
  3. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    Well you can take pride in telling the hubby that he is incorrect.

    Ammonia is the food source for the ammonia consuming bacteria, and the nitrite that bacteria releases is the food source for the nitrite consuming bacteria, So like evry other living thing, if it doesn't eat, it starve to death.
  4. OP

    k9z3boys Valued Member Member

    thanks you guys! we now have plans for all tanks and filters. whew