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post #1 of 14 Old 02-02-2014, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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How to deal with possible power outage

I have 3 freshwater aquariums at my office and I am worried that there will be a power outage after a snow storm and I won't be able to get there.

I have battery operated air stones to keep the water oxygenated that will only turn on when the power goes out. But my filters well drained and then when the power comes back on start to run dry. I don't know how to manage them should I not be able to get there.

I plan on wrapping the tanks with emergency blankets to prevent rapid heat loss. Is there anything else that I should do?

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post #2 of 14 Old 02-02-2014, 09:15 AM
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have plants
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post #3 of 14 Old 02-02-2014, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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You mean plastic plants?

Kidding. I do have live plants in all three tanks.

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post #4 of 14 Old 02-02-2014, 11:09 AM
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that will keep the O2/CO2 in better check
a power outage for under a day should be fine for temperature
after that i'm sure you'd be itching to get to work to check on them, even if you had to walk

"if" there is a power outage, what do you think is the longest it would be out ?
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The concern here is the temperature dropping and plants aren't going to keep the water warm. With the colder water, the fish's metabolisms slow down which means their requirement for food and oxygen also decreases. For the time it would take for the water to become hypoxic, the fish will be long dead.

Contrary to popular belief, plants are not the answer to everything

Neither is salt
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post #6 of 14 Old 02-02-2014, 01:00 PM
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your right, plants won't do anything for temperatures
plants will help the O2/CO2 levels, that's about it
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How to deal with possible power outage

It takes a while for the O2/CO2 to become a problem in the event of a power outage. I've got a fish right now that's been in a tank with no filter (and no water changes) for a couple months. But my experience is with non planted tanks.

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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I don't see a power outage being longer than a day. No matter how bad the storm as I imagine I can get there. I check my tanks everyday including weekends. But say the power does go out for 4 hours there be a significant temperature drop that quickly?

In other words, how long without power before the temperature will become an issue? Even without power I don't imagine the room becoming colder than 50 degrees.

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post #9 of 14 Old 02-02-2014, 04:10 PM
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4 hours you won't notice much difference at all
a day (unless the building is poorly insulated) the tank may feel it, but i doubt it would cause more than discomfort, ... i wouldn't expect any stress
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When I lost power from hurricane sandy the temp dropped to 58 degrees by the second day.

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