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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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It could be a good idea that you invest some money in an power inverter, you can get one of this with really good capacity (450Watts max load) by $100 Usd, in case huracans insist in taking power off you can use this tiny stuff connected to a regulary car Battery and it will provided 120 Volts and you can run all your equipment for days, as power consumption is not of importance.
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