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How long can beneficial bacteria stay alive in a canister with NO oxygen?

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I have been without power for 5 days now, thanks to hurricane Ike.

I have 3 canister filters that have been turned off this entire time.

Is there any chance the nitrifying bacteria is still alive inside the canisters or is it all dead by now? Keep in mind that these canisters are full of water that's not moved for 5 days now so they have not received any oxygen in all that time.

What are the odds that any of the bacteria is still alive?
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Anything that smells bad is bad. An earthy odor is normal and usually OK. The light outside, as long as the temp is OK, is usually much brighter than inside, even under lights, so if anything alive can be kept outside, do it.

Any filters that have been cleaned out are essentially starting from scratch so start them out in seperate tanks for a few hours and then hook them up to a fish/plant tank. Getting some circulation and filtration going ASAP is a good thing. Do lots of Water Changes as soon as you are allowed and watch the Chemistry.
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