Hey guys! Hope all is well. I sort of need some advice on what to do with my filter media here, let me explain the situation.
A couple weeks ago I helped out a neighbor that had an awful, awful case of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in their tank. I caught her fish for her, drained the tank, scrubbed it clean, refilled, and brought them some medication to wipe out the bacteria. They had recently replaced both filter cartridges because there was so much gunk on them, so there was no worry that the antibiotics would destroy their cycle.
Now, although I scrubbed my hands and arms clean, it looks like Nettle's tank (5gal) and my 10gal community tank are just starting to develop some of this stuff. I don't want to end up like my neighbor's tank so I already have what I need to treat it, but there's one problem... my
tanks are cycled, and I would really rather not kill my entire bacteria colony running this medication through them.
So, my question is; what can I do to keep my colony alive for the five days that I have to treat the two tanks? If I put each one in a separate container with water from their respective tanks, is that enough? Should I keep them warm and make sure to feed them a little, or would they be fine at room temperature?
Please let me know what you think! I'd rather suffer just a small amount of damage than lose the entire colony.