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Old 06-12-2013, 01:10 AM   #1 
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How to keep BB alive during 5+hr move?

Hi everyone! I'm going to be moving out of my dorm for the summer and the car ride is 5+hrs to get back home. Can I keep my beneficial bacteria alive for that long? How do I do it? Thanks!
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:18 AM   #2 
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How big is your tank? I had a six hour drive from my college dorm to home, and I basically saved my gravel and decorations, no rinsing. But to answer your question, no, I was not able to save my tank water and I don't have a filtration system in my 2.5 gallon, so betta basically started again in a pretty sterile environment with a liquid bacterial additive. Tested the water daily to make sure everything was par for the course, and he did fine.
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:25 AM   #3 
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My tanks are both 5.5-6gallons. I think I should've been more clear and said that I wanted to save the BB that's in my filter. I was planning on draining the tank right before I leave and scoop out the gravel/decor and put them into bags. Thinking about putting the filter media and some tank water in ziplock bags.
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:42 AM   #4 
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Yep, if I had a filter, that's what I would do. I might get an unused tupperware container (that has never been exposed to soap) and fill that up partially with tank water and your filter. Might be more efficient than the ziplock bags.
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:45 AM   #5 
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BB is on the filter, decor, and gravel. The tank water really do not have BB.

You need to keep them covered by tank water. The cycling sticky indicated that you only need 1/3 of the media from the cycled tank to start a new tank. So, I'd say, keep all the decor, gravel and filter in submersed in the current tank water for the trip.

Tupperware or zip lock as suggested will be fine.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:11 AM   #6 
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I didn't know that would work. I thought it would just be a messy smelly disaster. Helped me out too thanks guys. And thanks majesticstorm for posting!
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:45 AM   #7 
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Thanks for the responses! :) Hopefully everything will go smoothly.

LizbethDawn: You're welcome! I just didn't want to go through another cycling process back at home only to have to tear it down in 2 months to move back to the dorms :)
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:45 AM   #8 
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Like was said, just keep it wet. That's all there is to it.


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