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post #11 of 14 Old 02-02-2014, 06:23 PM
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I don't think you mentioned how large the tank is. We can probably do some fun math equations to figure out how quickly the temperature change based on initial temperature, room temperature, and amount of water. Maybe someone smart could come by ;D. If its not gonna be long and the building is not too cold, and the tanks are large, I'd think it would change temperature pretty slow. I think wrapping it with towels or other things you can think of that would "insulate" it would be a great idea!

And also, how will plants help? If the lights are our wont they produce CO2 as well as the fish?
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post #12 of 14 Old 02-02-2014, 09:46 PM
I lost power for almost 2 weeks after sandy. Only thing I had was a battery powered pump which became useless after the 1st few days due to batteries being impossible to find. I even went as far as running a 100 ft. extension chord from a power inverter in my car to my heater and filter for a few hours 1 day. My neighbors thought I was crazy cuz gas was scarce as well. After all that I only lost 1 angel fish cuz the outside temp dropped to 21 deg one night. I hope this gives you an idea of how long fish can survive in less than favorable conditions. Its amazing how farwe will go for our finned friends.
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post #13 of 14 Old 02-05-2014, 03:21 PM
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My main concern would be lack of light and heat.

Hopefully the surrounding building will prevent rapid temperature drops which affect the fish before the power returns.

Light could be a factor but that would take IMHO days. and could be augmented by sunlight from windows and so on.

Either way I think you would be safe for a power outage less then a day or so.


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #14 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 05:42 PM
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If you think the building will get cold enough to stress the fish you could get a battery backed up outlet to plug the heaters into. I wouldn't worry too much but then again my home doesn't get too cold in a power out..
I believe places like office depot and office max carry them . Some are fairly expensive but I'm sure there are simple ones that aren't too bad. I'd look in any office supply store or online for one.
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