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Old 09-22-2005, 06:24 PM   #1
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Suggestion on keeping my livestock alive without electricity

There is a chance that our electricity will be out for a few days I don't have a generator and suggestions on keeping my stuff alive? Thank you for any suggestion.
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Old 09-22-2005, 06:33 PM   #2
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I would get as much SW mixed as possible for pwc. Also, see if you can find some battery operated air pumps and extra batteries along with sponge filters. I would go ahead and put a least one sponge filter in the tank now so it can start to work with an electric pump now.

How big is your setup?

Are you in a directly affected area. First priority is to make sure you and your family are safe.

Thoughts and prayers will be with everyone affected.
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Old 09-22-2005, 06:37 PM   #3
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Battery Operated "Bubble Boxes" for live bait work well. Keep fresh mixed SW handy, and frozen RO/DI ice cubes nearby in case your temp starts to rise.
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Old 09-22-2005, 07:03 PM   #4
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I wonder how long one of those apc battery backups for a computer would run a small pump?
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Old 09-22-2005, 07:33 PM   #5
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An inverter with drop cords run from your car can run the necessities.
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Old 09-22-2005, 08:57 PM   #6
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We are the lucky ones. We won't be affected like the majority. At the most we will have wind damage and no electricity. I can't run to the store the road are not passible now. There are to many people evacuating. Good idea with the frozen ro/di. I read somewhere where someone made a pump work with one of those dc batteries. I was wondering how they did it. maybe split the cord I don't know maybe my DH can figure it out. I pray for those who are truly affected.
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Old 09-22-2005, 09:59 PM   #7
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I have even heard of taking a pitcher and scooping up water from your aquaruim and then pouring it back in to keep it oxygenated. Of course that would be tough, but it might help in a pinch. Good luck, stay safe.
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We were without power for 7 hours. We ran an airstone for 15m every hour for the last 4 of those 7 hours. The APC battery backup that walmart managed the load for 2 tanks/airstones for those 4 hours. When load testing the APC we found that it would only run for 30 minutes when running a mag7. At the end of those 7 hours my fish were huffing pretty hard but they were all still alive.

I would think that if you could scoop and pour back water 15m every hour and make sure that you make a wave motion with your hand to move the water/circulate the air you're putting in that you'd be able to make it through for a while. Just make sure to move the water in addition to adding the O2 or it won't be as efficient.

Makes a generator sound good right about now, huh? We had one. Couldn't get it started (until the next day with the power on and the panick gone!!)
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Old 09-22-2005, 10:28 PM   #9
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If you can get to a stor the inverter with an extension cord is a great idea. We ran a TV in the van for the kids with one. Should be plenty for some pumps if you have gas.
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