Temperature and Beneficial Bacteria
Tomorrow is my last final exam for this term (thank goodness), and I'll be moving all of my tanks back home. Since the exam doesn't start until noon, I was planning on breaking down all of the tanks in the morning and getting them loaded into the back of my car; the fish and filter media would stay in the room in their cups/bags inside a cooler so they stay warm. Then I'd be able to get off campus and be well on my way home before it gets too dark (highways and I don't get along at night).
However, I just considered the bacteria in the substrate - will it be able to handle the cooler temperature in my car for around two hours while I'm taking the exam? The forecast puts the temp in the mid- to low- 40's tomorrow, so it won't be freezing, but it's still not the toasty 80*F that the tanks are normally at. I know that the vast majority of the bacteria stays in the filter, but I'd rather keep as much of it as possible to reduce the chance of a mini-cycle when I get home.
Thanks for any help or advice!
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