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We had a power surge and it destroyed my filter. I can't get another one until late tomorrow and don't have an air stone or anything. If I throw the media in the tank, will I keep enough of a cycle to get me by? I also have a lot of live plants.

I'm stressing.
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I'm 99% sure it will be fine.
 
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I'm 99% sure it will be fine.

Make it 100% :)

The media will be perfectly fine in the filter for quite a long time (as in many weeks), provided it stays wet. If the water level is low in the tank, water can back siphon out of the filter.
 

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Glad to hear you got it working again!
For future reference - no stress was needed - Jaysee and Austin are absolutely correct!
Our power went out for over a week last summer. It sucked, but the tanks - ALL the tanks, from 3g to 55, came through just fine, no lives lost, and no harm done.
I tested every day to see what would happen, and continued to test for a week after - just to see. . .
Never saw the tiniest wiggle in parameters! ^__^
 
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