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Old 03-17-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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Hurricane Plan for tanks

I live in South Florida and hurricane season is right around the corner for us southerners. I was wondering if any members out there have taken precautions for their tanks going into hurricane season.

What happens if the power goes out? It can be out for weeks after a major hurricane. How long could u let ur tank sit with out the filters and pumps running? I guess u could run the pumps off a backup generator, but that should probably be used for running things like the fridge and the ac.

What if you have to be evacuated? Do u leave ur tank and hope for the best, who knows when ull get back to it again if at all. I dont think u could take ur fish with you?

I know I would hate to have to leave my tank behind for it to be destroyed and have my fish die after all the money, time and effort into it.

What do u guys think is there anyhing you can do to better protect ur little fishy buddies from mother natures wrath?
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Power off for a few hours and they all die. No way around it. The water needs oxygen.
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Yeah thats what I figured. But I still feel like there's got to be something we can do.
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Generator and battery powered air pumps
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:01 PM   #5
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I am also in Florida and was wondering the same thing. How long could my SW tank go without power? Would I throw an airstone in there for oxygen? I figure my FW cichlids could survive a few days but not sure about sw.
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A generator is a must for you or anyone else in storm prone areas.
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I would love a generator. But the 5000$ I don't have. I'm still saving for a ro system lol
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You can easily get small generators for 500 dollars. It`s much cheaper then everything in your tank.
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Oh you mean like the portable ones? My parents have the regular $5k generator. I may have to look into that then. Thanks for the heads up
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They are like 500 up here in indiana
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