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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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How long will substrate hold BB if kept wet?

I swapped out my substrate 2 days ago and have all my old stuff in a bucket with water. Will the rocks still be full of BB or will it dies off sitting in a stagnant bucket? How long would it keep for in the bucket home?
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Without flow and a food source, beneficial bacteria will die off a little bit each day.

But you should still have plenty in your substrate if you reuse it within 3-4 days and it's kept wet with a stable temperature.
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thanks, i'm not quite sure where i'm going to use it yet.. maybe ill add in a few drops of ammonia to keep it going
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