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Old 09-18-2004, 09:43 PM   #11
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I hear that they are getting up to $2000 for a generator. Is that true?
It better not be, price gouging is illegal. If you were to do something like that, you need to make sure you are either selling them for your cost out of the goodness of your heart, or you get them wholesale and are selling them at a fair market value, something reasonable and customary for the area. For instance you can get a generator from Home Depot for 400-500, don't go much higher for a comparable model, if you do...it's price gouging an you can be fined 25,000 Benefitting from the misfortune of others pretty much makes you a vulture in my book.
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Old 09-18-2004, 10:23 PM   #12
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Hello again to all! I am VERY VERY pleased and excited to report that my power came back on around 3:30 central time today!!!!!!!!! I was sitting in my living room and I heard this buzzing noise, so I glanced up at the tank to see if the battery powered pump was acting funny. But, then - I saw my ceiling fan begin to spin! I jumped up yelling "the power, the power!" hahaha. So, my tank is now back up and running and my regal tang and clown couldn't be happier! My power coming on this quickly is remarkable to say the least. The funny thing is... I have a generator on the way!

But, in response to your question, seaham. Yes, I have heard that some people were purchasing generators for very extreme amounts of money. But, some of our home improvement stores are getting in shipments. Home Depot had twenty this morning and some people were waiting in line since midnight.

Thanks again for everyone's help. I will update on the tank's condition soon!!!
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Thats great! Do keep a close eye on things for a few days as stress problems can show up days later. You will sleep better at night knowing you have a generator.
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Old 09-18-2004, 11:19 PM   #15
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Benefitting from the misfortune of others pretty much makes you a vulture in my book.
I just realized that would look like I was speaking to the poster I quoted in my previous post. I wasn't, I was referring to price gougers, it's understandable to try and make a fair dollar, it's something the people in the area need and if you provide it at a fair price, your doing a service, but people that charge 5 bucks for an 8lb bag of ice, or a grand for a 500 generator are subhuman, it's adding another injury upon people that have already lost enough.

Blue Dolphin, I'm very glad you got your power back, it hasn't been long since we were without power and it truely sucks!
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Old 09-18-2004, 11:53 PM   #16
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reefrunner,

I totally agree with you about the price gouging. I heard there were quite a few cases in the past couple days - a lot of those were dealing with the generator prices. Even though my power is on, when my generator arrives I don't think I will sell it. I will feel so much better knowing that I have one just in case something happens again.

Now, I do have one more question. All of my frozen fish food naturally became thawed out when the power when out. It probably wouldn't be a good idea to re-freeze it, would it? Could it make my fish sick??
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BTW I lost power here in West Palm Beach and I set up my battery powered aerator that I got from the local bait shop and had the bubbles flow up a pvc pipe that was diagonally across the tank. The water circulation was surprising and it ran for 48 hrs on 2 D batteries.
No loss after 9 days with no power.
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Thanks so much for all of your replies! I can't get the forum too often as I am trying to conserve the battery power of my laptop. They said the power could be out anywhere from 2 weeks to months!!!
Holey crap that's a long time to be without power...!

I guess you could get an inverter as well if you want and throw some 12v batteries onto it, then use the generator to keep them charged.
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