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Old 10-26-2005, 09:08 AM   #1
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Electricity Out HELLLLLPP!!!!!!!!!!!

Our electric went out as the result of a bad early winter storm. According to the power company it will be out till Friday at 4 p.m. My reef tank is in my fish room with no filtration, water movement or heat. The battery back up went dead about 4 hours ago. I wondered what I can try to do to save some of my livestock.

My office has power - its 20 min away. Any ideas???
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Friday is a long time to wait for power. You could always get a generator, or see if a buddy with a tank could watch your fish and corals, or if your LFS can babysit for a few days.

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Wrap the tank with blankets to maintan as much heat as possible. If you dont have a battery powered air pump see if you can get one quickly. This will help maintain som elevel of water movement allowing more oxygen to be exchanged. If you cant do this then 'stir' the water a few times an hour for oxygen exchange.
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Old 10-26-2005, 09:27 AM   #5
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Any chance of getting a generator? Or maybe a power inverter that plugs into the car and provides a bit of electricity. I'm in Clinton MD (near Andrews AFB). Need to swing down and pick up a loaner generator? I'll leave work and meet'cha. It's either a few hundred to buy a generator, a power inverter (limited output), or come on down.

Gonna need a truck. Its a 5000 w/no wheels.
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we are going to get a honda eg 5000 now. thanks a lot guys ill let you know how it goes.
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Pickup some extra xtension cords for the fridge(s).
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just some basic generator safety tips:

Don't run the generator indoors, this includes the basement or garage unless you keep the garage door open and the generator near the door.
Don't fill the generator with gas while it's runing.
Don't keep the gas for the generator next to it.
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Old 10-26-2005, 12:18 PM   #9
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thanks a lot guys. I really appreciate the offers, they dont expect to have power to my area until Friday around 4 p.m. This generator will be enough to power some power heads, heater and wet/dry filter. I dont know that I will be able to run the lighting ... and Im going to need to run both heaters on my Discus tank. Ill let you know how it goes. They have been without power for about 12 hours a little less.
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I bought my generator at Pep boys. $299 for a 2500 watt I believe. This is a small one but was enough for my tank and some other stuff. Has a good size gas tank too.

We don't lose power often but just in case.
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