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Old 05-25-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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Power Outage?

So with all these tornado's and heavy storms what would be in your fish tank survival kit. For example, items needed in order to keep oxygen and water movement. Items that would help maintain power like a battery back up?
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:09 PM   #2
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A generator. Can’t go wrong with one. You can use it for your house, tank, camping, etc. 1000 uses for one.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:16 PM   #3
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I have my pumps and heater on a 1500 Amp battery back up. The skimmer and power heads are on another one. I get about an hour on the pump and heater. I figure if it looks like it's going to be a long time til the powers back I've got about 2 hours to getto home depot and back with a generator.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:27 AM   #4
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I 2nd the generator. I lost power before 9am on Thursday night, and monitored my 3 tanks yesterday. Thankfully the temp was close enough to the tanks that I wasn't worried there, but O2 levels..... I started by just occasionally stirring the tanks as quick as I could do whip some O2 into it. Next was I took a 35ML syringe and sucked up mostly saltwater, and sprayed it into the tank, just above the water line, and it shot micro bubbles through the tank. Maybe not the best to get stuck on some of the coral, but I had to do something. At 6pm (21hours later) I broke down and asked a neighbor to borrow their generator. My line was the only one on my street out, tap fuse blew out. I'm glad I did, didn't get the power back until 2am this morning. All fish and coral seem to be doing well. I'd have saved myself a lot of stress and hassle if I had my own generator, which is on the list to buy before year end.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:32 AM   #5
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Didn't have a generator before and got lucky when I lost power for three days, lost nothing using battery powered air pumps and hand mixing the water. DO NOT FEED if you have no power. If I had any kind of money tied up in a system from here out I would definitely have a generator to ensure I had no loses.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:33 AM   #6
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At the very least get some battery powered air pumps Saved my 3 tanks last year got a genny now
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:43 AM   #8
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:20 PM   #9
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with a genorator you still have down time and what if you aren't home and dont catch the power outage then no startign the generator.

look into gettign a UPS (universal power supply) they are used for computers so you can shut them down or finish shomthing if theres a power outage. just get a large enough one and hook up a few pumps just to keep the water flowing. if the black out prolongs then look into renting a generator to keep the heaters and what not running
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My fish get angry in the 10 second lag between the power going out and the house generator kicking on
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