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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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How does it smell? You can definately smell death. If it smells ok, I would think you are good to go.
Vicky, shoot me a PM in a couple weeks. By then I will have a ton of Rotala I can send you for the cost of shipping... I just sent off a ton and have to wait for it to grow back in. I will also have some subwassertang I can send you and some ricca.
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