06-06-2010, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Lisalis
I have another question, if I take filter media out of the established tank, how long will it last in lets say a ziplock bag or tupperware container??
Agree with Lainey's response, just adding that the media has to be kept under water, so make sure there is just enough water in the container to keep it wet. And the bacteria will last only a few hours, not sure exactly how many, but bacteria are living organisms that need oxygen (from the water) and ammonia (their "food") or they die. Which is why when the power goes out for more than a few hours, the bacteria in a closed canister filter will die off.