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Old 05-01-2014, 01:54 PM   #1
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Contingency equipment for power failures?

What type of items does everyone have or suggest to have ready for power failures or municipally planned brown outs?

I'm new, but I found this:
AC-DC One Battery Operated Air Pump | thatpetplace.com

Are there better battery operated air pumps? If yes, please post the links

And I found this video:
HOW TO: Build a very simple aquarium filter - YouTube

I assume you would just move your existing bio from your regular filter to this DIY during the power failure and when power restored move it back.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:27 PM   #2
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Battery powered air pump for air
I put my Filter media in a mesh bag and into the aquarium with a battery powered air pump under it because it puts bacteria into the aquarium. If it's too hot, a water bottle with ice, or dry ice packs in a water bottle ( never did this one)
And if it's too cold put a blanket over the aquarium and there are plenty of diy things on YouTube as well
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:32 PM   #3
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Or go full crazy and buy a small generator
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Contingency equipment for power failures?

Brookster123, funny! You know for y2k I looked into that, but they didn't make one small enough to fit into my subterranean window wells. (If I had a house in a remote area, I'd definitely have one.). Like Ian086 pointed out, I'm a worrier. My whole family is.

Chichlid.Keeper good to know. Thanks!!!
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I was serious! I lugged a 100 pound beast up 3 flights of stairs to my apt for last winter in hew England.. It sat under my kitchen table until my girlfriend threatened to smother me with a pillow..
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:34 PM   #6
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Contingency equipment for power failures?

Oh, no! Where did you put it? Storage locker? I have a propane heater works on small tanks, but it's dangerous and you can end up gassing yourself.
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Those things are worse than meth labs from the carbon monoxide. It's a miracle you didn't kill yourself and your girlfriend. I would go with a battery backed UPS to keep the filter running and keep a couple of Bubbles air pumps (sold where you find fishing bait) and a box filter or two. Sink the box with gravel from your tank instead of carbon.

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Those things are worse than meth labs from the carbon monoxide. It's a miracle you didn't kill yourself and your girlfriend. I would go with a battery backed UPS to keep the filter running and keep a couple of Bubbles air pumps (sold where you find fishing bait) and a box filter or two. Sink the box with gravel from your tank instead of carbon. Sent from my ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Fierce using Aquarium Advice mobile app
ohh no no no, I hadn't even put gas in it, it was new, it was more for emergency use only, in which case I would have run it outside on the porch!
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Ok. It sounded like you had it running inside. Glad to hear that.

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I just got a 4 pack of these. It will kick on automatically when/if the power goes out. I do have a generator, but I figure this would keep my fish alive if it happened while I was at work and had to come home, gas up, and pull out the gennie.
Amazon.com : Silent Air® B11 Series Battery Operated Aquarium Air Pump, UL Listed Twin-Pack w/Bonus Tubing : Pet Supplies
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