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Old bacteria

Hi everyone,

As many of the regular APDers already know from my previous postings (and I thank them for they valuable help), I am putting together a 55 gal planted tank. When I got the tank (from a relative) it came with a Eheim 2215 and a Emperor. I am not going to use the Emperor in my setup but I have a question. When the previous owner of the tank stopped using it, he kept the bioweels in a zipplog bag filed with water from the tank, thinking that the next owner could use the bacteria to speed up the
cycling process when starting a new setup. I got the zipplog bag with the "old bacteria" when I got everything else from him. The possibility of having some bacteria to start my tank is appealing and I first considered and I thought about just dumping the mentioned bioweels in the tank and leaving them there for a few weeks. But since the bioweels have been in that bag for several months (9 or 10) I don't know if the bacteria is still "good" to use or if using it would be more like adding an
"infection bomb" to my tank.

I would appreciate any comments on this subject.

Best regards,


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