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Bacteria in new substrate

When Amano-san set up the tank in Chattanooga, the first thing he put in the
tank, even before the gravel, was his bacteria concentrate (for lack of a
better term) to innocculate the substrate.
He said that if one didn't have his material, that the filter "gunk" from an
old filter would do the trick.

What would happen if the wet gunk from the filter was dried and safed? Would
the bacteria (in another form) survive? How long?
My tanks produce quite a bit of this stuff and it would be neat to have it
available when setting up a new tank to kick-start the substrate. Cheap too.


Michael Eckardt
near Waterloo, Ontario