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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-07-2015, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Shipping Nitrifying Bacteria

Ive shipped live nitrifying bacteria to my house and should arrive tomorrow. The wind chill here should be -25below zero. Can I expect the product to be useless because the live bacteria will most likely be dead?
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What's the real temp the shipment will be exposed to. Wind chill has no effect on a closed box, just exposed skin.
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Freezing doesn't kill the bacteria just makes it go into stasis. It will take a few days longer to be fully active.

The big issue is how long the bacteria have been in the bottle. If it has been more than 4 months their might not be much activity.
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-6f today, when I recieve Ill check the bottle. Should be here any minute.
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There was no date on the bottle. Just says used by 12/15. I caught the delivery guy so it never froze, but its nice to know it is still okay if it did freeze. Thanks.
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There is no heat in most of the trailers that they are shipped in. Many years ago when I was unloading trailers I worked in -15F In the winter to +120F in the summer.
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