Heat Quarantine Tanks when not in use? - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Heat Quarantine Tanks when not in use?

I have (3) 10 gallon qt tanks with sponge filters. I may go several months with nothing in them. Will I kill the bacteria if I unplug the heaters when they're not in use? My basement stays in the mid to high 60s. Thanks.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 04:36 PM
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I do not keep my Q-tanks running.
Keep a little spare media in a running tank, keep the empty Q-tanks in storage, and set them up when needed. I do have some running as plant-only tanks, and no heater. I could call those Q-tanks, I suppose.

Anyway, lower temperature is a good way to keep the bacteria alive, but living on a slower level. They must not be frozen, but cool temps are fine. Just keep on feeding the tanks ammonia to keep them alive. Feed less when the temperature goes down.
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