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Aquarium dilemma!!! Power outtage

So my house ran out of power last night and of course it affected my aquarium. I have a planted 5g tank with 3 male guppies which is cycling with a sponge filter for 3 weeks now and i am not sure what to do. I've read some articles saying that bacteria can survive hours if it was kept damp, others say that they die 30 mins after loss of water circulation due to lack of oxygen, and i dont know what to do i need help, any help.
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Hi LowTechAquarist6,

Don't worry, with only 3 male guppies in the 5 gallon tank there should be no issues whatsoever. Don't feed the fish, leave everything alone, when the power comes back you won't even know it was off.
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So my house ran out of power last night and of course it affected my aquarium. I have a planted 5g tank with 3 male guppies which is cycling with a sponge filter for 3 weeks now and i am not sure what to do. I've read some articles saying that bacteria can survive hours if it was kept damp, others say that they die 30 mins after loss of water circulation due to lack of oxygen, and i dont know what to do i need help, any help.
A sponge filter should be fine. It is canister filters that have a problem with bacteria dying in a power outage as they depend completely on pump circulation to deliver oxygen to the media.
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In a small tank we can also do some small things to have a better chance. One is doing a few water changes. In your case the bacteria is not a super critical factor but the worry might be more involved with keeping any fish alive and well and good water is about as good a treatment as we can find for fish but it does need to have some thought. Making the new water match the old as close as possible is important on things like temperature and any changes you might make to the PH/GH/ KH as those are things which can stress or shock fish and we want to avoid that.
New water that matches well can do the job of moving water, both for fish health and getting some O2 to the bacteria.
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If your sponge filter is run by air, you can get battery-operated air pump to keep it going in a power failure. I have several as backup. They are noisy- but for a short time I'll tolerate that rather than worry about loosing my fish or the cycle.


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How long were you without power? A few hours is not a big deal. I lost power last year and my air pump was off for a day or two. I had no trouble when power was restored. Now my HOBs I did a cartridge change.

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I keep filter media 'growing' now and then when im about to start up a new tank. I throw the media in a glass jar and add a plant and potentially a bubbler. I left it for a couples days accidentally last time. Tank still cycled in record time... so I have to assume the bacteria is still there. Of course to confirm I should have smears...

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