Filter Replacment.. bacteria?

Blondeath

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So we had our power going on and off for several minutes (6ish) yesterday and my filter (Marineland 100b) won’t restart. I went out immediately after the storm to find the same filter to replace it but everything was closed due to not having power anywhere in the city/town.
So my tank hasn’t been running for 13 hours now. I know the bacteria is probably starting to die. I moved my Betta to another tank last night.
Thinking about switching to a sponge filter but how to I transfer what bacteria is left alive?
 

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Blondeath said:
So we had our power going on and off for several minutes (6ish) yesterday and my filter (Marineland 100b) won’t restart. I went out immediately after the storm to find the same filter to replace it but everything was closed due to not having power anywhere in the city/town.
So my tank hasn’t been running for 13 hours now. I know the bacteria is probably starting to die. I moved my Betta to another tank last night.
Thinking about switching to a sponge filter but how to I transfer what bacteria is left alive?
I just had the same issue yesterday and I have been told on this site that with out oxygen the bb will die my power was off for about 8 hrs and my tank clouded up bad I figured it was a bacteria bloom do to the filters being off but transferring the remaining bb idk other than the substrate and decor which it my have died on already it to bad but good luck I’ll keep u posted on my progress cause I’m just going to let it run and test daily and wc as needed till things are back to normal
 

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I'm no expert by any means but this is purely out of my own experience. Recently i've swapped out my internal filter with a cannister filter. No media was moved and nothing bad happened, a very slight bacteria bloom for around 2 days but my water was staying stable. Keep in mind that benificial bacteria grow everywhere, on your substrate, decorations, glass etc.
 

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As long as the filter media remains wet things should be okay. If you have a HOB filter dump pitchers of tank water through it a few times every hour.
 

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The bb doesn't necessarily need a ton of water flow, it grows no matter what. I would be more concerned about maintaining the same temperature.

I'm not sure how much flow it needs, but I know it grows and eats ammonia/nitrites even in filterless jars with a fish providing more or less the only flow. So you should be fine just pouring water through the filter every so often like A201 suggested
 

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Blondeath said:
Thinking about switching to a sponge filter but how to I transfer what bacteria is left alive?
I've switched to and from sponge filters by using rubber bands to attach the old media to the new filter. Worked great.
 

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