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Old 03-01-2022, 06:57 PM   #1
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Ways to protect fish in power outages

2yrs in a row in the coldest weather I have gotten hit with multi-day power outages. Most of my fish made it through last year (2.5days). I lost my angel fish, but everyone else recovered.

This year it was out for 6.5days. I put blankets over the tanks and periodically added warm water, but by day 4 when temp in house dropped into the low 40s, all but 3 platies died. I saved them by taking them to a friend's house, but I didn't know anyone with a tank big enough for my angel, Australia rainbows, clown loach, and gourami. (50gal) in addition to guppies (like 4adults and 7fry) (20gal) an African frog &the platies.

The platies have finally recovered and I am restarting the 50gal which was nasty 🤢 even though I'd pulled all the dead fish out while it was still frigid, but there was plant waste too. My 20gal recovered no problem. I did a partial water change, waited a couple days and added my 3girls back in and all good.

Why might the 50have been so much worse?
I saw a thread on heaters and APCs but I'm thinking that's not really worth it?

I've only lost fish once in the summer, and it wasn't even a power outage. Ex turned off the a/c while we were away w/o telling me.🙄

Tips? Suggestions?

A friend has a generator but with the price of gas, back when it was 2.50 his mom ran through $60 in one day 😳.

Anyone have one that's easy to use and not a fuel guzzler? (I have never used a generator but may invest.)

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You did right by wrapping the tank up. You also need to sit there and keep some aeration in the tank keep the water moving. If you keep a power head going that will sit there and warm up the water a little bit. You should gain a few degrees in your tank by keeping the power head running constantly.
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