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Old 09-02-2004, 12:12 PM   #1
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My tank is in Hurricane Frances' path

When this wonderful Sea Monster hits and the power goes out, how long does the power have to be out before my tank residents lives are compromised?
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Nameless fish include, Neon Blenny, Singapore Shrimp Goby, Yellow Tail Damsel, 1 Skunk Cleaner Shrimps, purple pseudochromis.
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I think that may depend a lot on how many residents, tank size, and other stuff. You might wanna describe the environment better. Then again, there may be a general outlook that someone can provide for you.

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Old 09-02-2004, 02:17 PM   #3
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The biggest thret posed by power loss is oxygen levels (IMO). If you don't have a lot of critters in your tank your oxygen levels will last a little longer. The more fish/inverts/anenomes/corals etc in your tank, the quicker your oxygen levels will fall. The reason your oxygen levels drop is your powerheads sease to function so you don't get any more surface water movement which is where your gas exchange occurs. If you have the option, a battery powered UPS for a computer could suffice for a single small powerhead located right at the surface of the tank. depending on tank size, that may give you at least a couple hours of water movement on the UPS (depending on powerhead size and the size of the UPS). temperatue is only a threat if the ambient temp in the area will go to drastic extremes (<75 or >90 IMO) light shouldn't be problem, the lights go out for 10+ hours every day, and in the wild, if large storm clouds are in the area for a few days things will still survive. I guess, if your system relies heavily on equipment filtration then that could pose a problem, but if your tank relies mostly on LR/LS then you should be ok.

Hope you make it through ok!
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Old 09-02-2004, 02:45 PM   #4
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Thank you for your advice and help. I will try the UPS suggestion, I happen to have an extra one laying around. To go from a mag 7, 3 power heads, a remora skimmer to just 1 power head, I don't see much of a bright outlook, especially if we lose power for an extended period of time.
I will keep you posted. That is if i don't get sucked into this mess and wind up somewhere in the everglades surrounded by man eating angry alligators.

My tank is a 75 gallon with about 80-90lbs of live rock and 20 gallon sump with about 10 -20 lbs of rock. 1 Yellow tang, 3 damsels, 2 chromis, 3 gobies, 1 flame angel, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 serpent star, 2 blue leg hermits. Yes, I know, quite stocked, but it's been this way a long time and all are healthy. Plus, I'm a stickler for maintenance, which is good for the fish.
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Lawnmower Blenny -(Lenny), Talbot's Damsel -(Dottie), Tomato Clown -(Ketchup)
Nameless fish include, Neon Blenny, Singapore Shrimp Goby, Yellow Tail Damsel, 1 Skunk Cleaner Shrimps, purple pseudochromis.
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I've also understood that keeping the lights off help the population slow down and not use up as much oxygen. Yeah, like that'd be a problem in a power outage. I've even seen where folks drape something over the entire tank to keep the ambient light out which keeps the activity down.
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Old 09-02-2004, 03:09 PM   #6
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What about battery powered air stones?
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Well, From Charley..

I ran my tank filters 2 hours a day off a generator.


Also, I fed very sparingly and sparsely [ Like..pushing the extreme of once every 4 ir 5 days. ]


O course, all I ahve right now is a featherduster who is regrowing its crown [ Be perpared, my FD shed its crown during the week without power from Charley, if you loose power yours may shed to ] and a few hermits and sponges, and snails.
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if you can, plug that UPS in and get it fully charged, then run your PH off it for a while and see how long it lasts. That should give you an idea of how much it's really going to help you. (sorry, i'm ignorant to the weather currently, is there time for this?)
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A generator might be a good investment.
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I second the battery operated air stones. The most problem with consumer UPS is that they dont last long.

good luck and may you have zero losses
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