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Old 10-31-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Help! Power is out and my tanks need help

I lost power and won't have it for about a week or two. I have a 14 gallon reef tank and a 35 gallon fresh water tank. They have no oxygen!! How can I save them?!
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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Punch small holes in a bucket and sit it or hang it over the tank. Fill it with tank water and it will drip out slowly and fill as needed. Best option though is some type of battery powered air pump, power inverter, or generator.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:30 PM   #3
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I lost power and won't have it for about a week or two. I have a 14 gallon reef tank and a 35 gallon fresh water tank. They have no oxygen!! How can I save them?!
You can pick up small, battery powered air pumps in the fishing section at wal-mart. They are the same ones used for keeping bait alive.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:33 PM   #4
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You can pick up small, battery powered air pumps in the fishing section at wal-mart. They are the same ones used for keeping bait alive.
That is what I used I think I paid 14 a piece for them?? And you can rap your tank in a blanket to help keep in heat. I got a propane heater that kept mine around 70 degrees. Good luck!!
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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I lost power and won't have it for about a week or two. I have a 14 gallon reef tank and a 35 gallon fresh water tank. They have no oxygen!! How can I save them?!
Oh also make sure your filter media stays wet. When my filters turn off they drain, leaving the media dry. And it would be bad to leave them like that for a long time.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone for your help!
I tried everything you guys suggested and nothing worked unfortunately my 2 clownfish and my gobie (gooby) have passed from my reef tank. In addition to everyone from my reef tank dying my fresh water doesn't look too good either. My 2 red eyed puffers have passed and so has 1 of my tetras. Considering the temperature is supposed to drop down to 30 degrees outside and I still don't have power it would be a miracle if the rest make it. I'm still trying to salvage who ever is left but I'm starting to lose hope.
**** hurricane sandy, left me devastated and stole the lives of my fish :'(
Rip my fish babies <3 :'(
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:13 AM   #7
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Sorry to hear that! How frustrating to feel so helpless... Sounds like you did all you could. I hope your power comes back soon!
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:27 AM   #8
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I've often wondered what to do, too, if this happens (power outage). I do know about the battery-powered air pumps, but what about heat? Are there any battery-powered heat options?

And is the battery-powered air pump just for water movement?

I'm so sorry about your fish Melmel.
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I feel for you my friend. I was in the same boat for several days. This storm was absolutely horrible and destroyed so much. My prayers are with you and your family. Hang in there, and good luck to you!
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Sorry for ur gilled friends loss :-( hope you get power back soon. I feel your pain i lost a cpl of mine as well from this nasty storm.. ill send preyers your way.
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