How does Colony stay alive in the bottle?
Colony stays alive in the bottle due to the lack of oxygen present. Unlike human beings, aerobic autotrophs don’t simply die as soon as oxygen is not present. Instead, they shift their metabolic process into a state of “hybernation”. This allows the bacteria to not require an outside energy source as it slowly eats off its own reserves for a duration of 7-8 months. This is why the bacteria requires no “food in the bottle” to eat as many have assumed.
Once Colony enters the aerobic environment of the aquarium they wake up hungry and get to work.