Originally Posted by jfran
I fear possible power outage and the halting of filters and lack of heaters for my tank. Oh well
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I have family and friends directly in the path of this storm so I wish you all well and hope for a safe outcome.
Here's some tips that may help your fishy friends
In the case of a power outage, you can continue to aerate the water by using a plastic cup ( or a cup that has not had soap in it) and take water from the tank and pour it back into the tank so that there is some splash. That will do the same as bubbles. If you have an overflow type ( HOB
) filter, you can take the water from the tank and pour it into the filter to keep the biological alive as well. This can be done once every 15 minutes or so depending on how many fish are in the tank. The more fish, the more frequently you should splash water.
As for lack of heaters, you can wrap the tank(s) up in blankets or if available, use sheets of styrofoam or polystyrene to adhere to the outside of the tank(s) and that will prevent some heat loss while you are waiting for power to resume. I used this polystyrene method outside in the freezing temps a few years back and with my heater, kept my tanks at 75 degrees inside while the temps were in the 30s outside. The normal setting was 78 degrees. It was the poly sheets that made the difference as the heater alone could not keep up with the dropping temps.
Hope this helps.