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Old 05-28-2011, 10:15 PM   #11
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In my experience your reef tank can go without power for quite awhile unless it is during the winter where tank temperature can become an issue after a few hours.
That being said I purchased a generator this week myself.
In Virginia where I'm at we are in hurricane items tax free for seven days starting last Wednesday,so that helped.Generators under $1000.00 are tax exempt.

I just couldn't have the worry of power going out for a day or more and losing everything,plus the thought of no TV for that long LOL.
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quite a while is pretty vague, I know after 20hours my fish started to breathe heavy, and that was with some manually stirring to get some O2 in the water.
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Ok,I will try to be more specific.A tank that has the proper amount of live rock,filtration,and proper water movement and is not overstocked would last at least a workday period of 8 to 10 hour so you would be home to start a generator.
Consider fish and corals travel for days in a bag of water and survive,they go into a type of suspended animation I guess.
Naturally larger tanks would survive lover than nano's.
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Ok,I will try to be more specific.A tank that has the proper amount of live rock,filtration,and proper water movement and is not overstocked would last at least a workday period of 8 to 10 hour so you would be home to start a generator.
Consider fish and corals travel for days in a bag of water and survive,they go into a type of suspended animation I guess.
Naturally larger tanks would survive lover than nano's.
I agree with that, had no issues with any of the tanks w/o doing anything to them in that time period. after that I was getting nervous and started trying to manually agitate the water.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:47 PM   #15
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At the least I would get a couple of those battery operated aquarium air pumps,I think Walmart sells them.
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