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Old 04-26-2004, 02:03 AM   #1
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Power Outages..

Here's a question- what do you do with a reef tank when there's a power outage? We have very nasty winters in CNY and last year we had a power outage that lasted a very long time, and our heat went out too. We were just packing all the freshwater fish up to temporarily put them in tanks at my aunt's house when it came back on- I think the water temperature dipped down to a little below 60 within two days.

Does anyone have information on what could be done with a reef in that situation? A little harder to move, I would think, and even if you got all the fish and inverts out you would be faced with die-off from the LR when you got back.
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a back-up generator maybe?
I know ti could handle all that stuff. You just need to be home to start it and run the extension cord...
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I would look into a generator. Something small to do just the tanks, or a slightly larger one to do the house. It took me a year to find a decent generator from a reputable maker that was still at a price I could afford.
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also the UPS power supply for computer i hear work fine. you just have a heater and then a pump on the ups that might for for like a day or so. but then needs to be charged. i have also heard some one using a car battery to run some things. just a thought.
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Not a little UPS either. One of the bigger units. During power outages the most important things to keep running are in this order.

Pumps
Heater
Lights

If you can only keep the pumps running then do that and wrap the tank in blankets and cover the top as best you can to keep as much warmth in the tank's water. If you can add your heaters next but they can be a seirous draw on battery systems in compairson to pumps so I would not add them unless you had a generator running.

Lights would come last in the backup plan. If you had the spair power from the generator then add the lights but also consiter adding your fridge and freezer to the mix if you have a generator.
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I have one of those converters that plug into the cigarette lighter of your car and I'll just run an extension cord to my car with my heaters/pumps that way. Hopefully the outage wouldn't be too long although I'd rather pay for a few gallons of gas then loose stuff in my tank.
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well tanks can got for some time with out power but long the time is out the less 02 there is in the water and the colder/warmer the water gets.
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The oxygen levels is the reason the water pumps are the highest priority. I know someone who has lost alot of fish due to power outages and the resulting suffication of the fish due to lack of disolved oxygen. Its also important to not overstock the tank as the oxygen level might be able to support it while the pumps are running but when they go off the oxygen level in the water can drop significantly.
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