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Sadly, I now have an empty, but established tank as my last goldfish died.

I would like to maintain the bacteria level so I don't have to cycle it once I decide what I want in that tank next.

If I keep adding fish food as if the goldfish was still in there, would the food break down giving me the needed ammonia to feed my bacteria?

I assume that if the tank is empty for awhile, the bacteria will die off, is that correct? Do I need to add ammonia or can I just use fish food?

Thanks in advance.
 

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NO FISH FOOD as it rots away, it will release phosphates as well!:( just dose pure ammonia, inferring your tank is cycled already.
 

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Thanks, the tank is cycled, the fish was several years old, he just passed away today and it may be a bit before I put another fish in there.

So just plain ammonia will keep me going?
 

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yup
 
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