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Old 06-24-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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Bacteria Question

How long can bacteria live in a cycled tank that has nothing in it but live rock? No fish, no CUC.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:15 PM   #2
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forever. I mean eventually they might need a food source but I really wouldn't stress.
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It will need a regular food source to sustain life, just like everything else. You should ghost feed the tank if nothing is in it. I can't give an exact time frame, but It's not months.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:49 AM   #4
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I would drop a raw cocktail shrimp in there (in a stocking to keep it from breaking up all over the place), or dose a couple times a week with pure ammonia. That way they have something to eat.

The ammonia route is a lot less stinky, and you won't need to run carbon on the tank, either. With the shrimp, you get a lot of dissolved organics, the water stinks and will turn yellow-ish. Carbon will clear it up right away, though.
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I started dosing ammonia. Thank you!
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:23 AM   #6
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Make sure you take your time in dosing with ammonia. Gradually add to it every5-7 days. If you start off with a large amount, the bacteria in your tank wont be adjusted to it.
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Just don't go over 3ppm in a day.
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