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Old 06-04-2007, 11:32 PM   #1
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Scheduled POWER OUTAGE?!

Okay, so...there is a scheduled power outage, they give no time frame or anything - just say "when work is completed" Arrrrg!



I have many concerns about this, and the least is what will go bad in my refrigerator...


1.) How long is too long for the power to be off to my tank? I just have 1 polyp and 4 fish.

2.) Will it alter my tanks water levels at all with no filtration/circulation while the power is out? I'm guessin the power will be down for at least a few hours...


Dreadfully concerned about my fish!

Thanks in advance for advice, I know I always can count on the people here to help!


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Old 06-04-2007, 11:48 PM   #2
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Tank will probably be ok for a few hrs. as for the fridge, I would set the temps lower just prior to the outage, say 6 hrs, and leave the door closed while it's out.
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I agree. The fish will be fine for a few hours

It being the summer, I'd venture to say you'll be just fine for atleast a day, if not more than that. The fridge, not that long! Hopefully it'll only be one of those instances where the power is only out for 1-2 hours and then back on again.
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What a pain in the butt! Just curious, what size tank and what type/size fish?
A heavily or overstocked tank will deplete O2 faster than one w/ a light-moderate bio-load. As O2 decreases it will cause bad things ex. PH to drop, etc.
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Dont know if anyone else has done this but I have used my battery backup for my PC to power a small powerhead.
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:32 AM   #6
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I also have battery back ups for power heads, I also do not run lights on them you can also get a battery air pump to keep the water moving and o2 in the tank.For the fridge perhaps a cooler stocked with ice for the really need to get to stuff . As was said also set it to lower and keep the door opening to a minimum
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Hopefully it wont be that long but you should be OK for a while. As MT79 said it will really depend on your bioload and tank size. The battery backups are good ideas.
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I assume this is in your 24 nano tank with:
1x Striated Frogfish
3x Yellowtail Damsels
2x Large snail
3x hermit crab
1x medium sized star polyp

Considering all your fish are pretty small now a power outage not lasting longer then 6 hours should be fine. If you can't get a battery backup to run one ph or a battery air pump then you can also circulate the water every half hour for a couple of minutes yourself.
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I agree, try a UPS for your ph. I only have my phs on a battery backup.
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Wow! thanks for the quick responses! I do have a battery I could probably make work, if not, then it's good to know that a couple of hours won't hurt them!


Thanks for the input guys! appreciate it.


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