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No power for two weeks what to do???
Old 04-28-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
 
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Okay guy/gals I have been told my neighborhood is going to be without power for two weeks What do I do with my little fish? I have no back up power or anything I still have water but it is cold any suggestion?
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
 
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Okay guy/gals I have been told my neighborhood is going to be without power for two weeks What do I do with my little fish? I have no back up power or anything I still have water but it is cold any suggestion?
try to make a fire in your back yard to heat up some water in a pot. Try to put your aquarium in front of a window..Im sorry my friend that these times have not been kind to you but just hang in there!!!!!
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:44 PM   #3
 
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First, we are all happy that you were not harmed in the storms.
Here are my suggestions, for what it's worth.
If you don't have power, not much you can do. Minimize feeding, try to insulate your tanks to slow the temperature drop. The temp will drop, and since it's inevitable, don't worry about it. Fish may die or become diseased. I would not try any treatments until you get power back. Once power returns, bring the temp up very s-l-o-w-l-y. If you have heavily stocked tanks, you may want to stir the water periodically. Don't know what else to suggest.

Trying to keep the water warm will just make the temp bounce worse.

Without power, how are you posting?
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:48 PM   #4
 
If you can maintain a room temp of at least 75, you might get by with a battery powered air pump as is used for minnow bait buckets?
If it was me, I'd enlist the help of a friend or family member and setup and emergency 10g somewhere else.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:01 PM   #5
 
You can post via cellphone or other mobile devices.

Either that or he was so desperate that he sent the message from his brain through electrical signals into his computer to leave this post....and he hasn't even realized he's done it yet! It can happen.

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Old 04-28-2011, 10:15 PM   #6
 
probably has power now, but will lose it so they can repair other parts of the grid.

Seeing as how its not winter anymore, tank temps are probably not much of a problem. The issue will be filtration. As long as your water is on, just do a water change every couple of days depending on tank size, larger tanks, you can get away with less changes, smaller tanks need more frequent WCs. As for plants, if you have live ones, theres not much you can do. You can pull them out and put them in a tray with water by a window to keep them alive and replant. Usually a couple of days w/o light wont be terrible, but 2 weeks might be a bit long for plants, esp moderate to high light ones.

Lastly in terms of O2 levels in the water, no power = no artificial surface agitation. You can use a spoon and bucket when you WC and pump as many bubbles as you can into the water to disturb the surface but beyond that theres not much you can do. This shouldn't be that big of a problem for fish though, so unless your fish look like they are gasping for air, it will be fine.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:26 PM   #7
 
Sticking the media in the tank might help.

I can get online when the power goes out with my laptop, at least until the batteries run out. Internet comes through the phone lines and those are not effected by loss of the grid. Our router and wireless system stays running too. Our house freaks out when the power goes off. At least 4 different alarms go off... some of them can't be disabled either =(

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Old 04-28-2011, 10:56 PM   #8
 
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First, we are all happy that you were not harmed in the storms.
Here are my suggestions, for what it's worth.
If you don't have power, not much you can do. Minimize feeding, try to insulate your tanks to slow the temperature drop. The temp will drop, and since it's inevitable, don't worry about it. Fish may die or become diseased. I would not try any treatments until you get power back. Once power returns, bring the temp up very s-l-o-w-l-y. If you have heavily stocked tanks, you may want to stir the water periodically. Don't know what else to suggest.

Trying to keep the water warm will just make the temp bounce worse.

Without power, how are you posting?
Okay thanks I use my smart phone which I have to charge in my jeep
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:59 PM   #9
 
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You can post via cellphone or other mobile devices.

Either that or he was so desperate that he sent the message from his brain through electrical signals into his computer to leave this post....and he hasn't even realized he's done it yet! It can happen.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:01 PM   #10
 
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Sticking the media in the tank might help.

I can get online when the power goes out with my laptop, at least until the batteries run out. Internet comes through the phone lines and those are not effected by loss of the grid. Our router and wireless system stays running too. Our house freaks out when the power goes off. At least 4 different alarms go off... some of them can't be disabled either =(
But how are you powering your router? Dial up should still work without power, but broadband would be different, dsl needs the converting router, fios needs the converting box thingy, and cable needs the modem.
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