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Power outage: How long is the filter safe
Old 12-11-2009, 07:49 AM   #21
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Ohhh, I nearly forgot, I had all the food from my fridge on the back porch in coolers during the Ice storm and the Raccoons came for a picnic. My dog Hoover,not one to miss out ,joined the picnic.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:54 AM   #22
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well now i acctually feel good about my area LOL if we get a power outage it hardly ever lasts more than say 6-8 hours and the power company has everything back on.... Romad you are right about the cost of generators in your area but if you come out to my end of the state they aren't so bad..... search GL in western MA and you will see a huge difference :) !!! wow i thought i would never say this but I LOVE THE BERKSHIRES!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:12 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by langod View Post
Sounds like that's a price for a "whole house" standby generator. As I posted above a gas-powered portable generator of reasonable size can be had for <$1000.
But even for the whole house one's USED, they're cheaper then that here. And the smaller sized normal one's that would power my server, computers, tanks, fridge that kinda stuff they're like $200-250 brand new (beats buying a back up for the Server ) and yes the one's I have in mind here are gas for the whole house one's and and gasoline for the small "normal" one's.
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:14 PM   #24
I guess in that situation I would pick my favorite fish and move them to a 30-40gal rubbermaid bid. Then place the bin as close as I can to our indoor fireplace.

We have some of those power supplys for computers and our flat screen. I agree with what was said about how much they handle. The ones we have are also really really really annoying. They have alarms to alert you to loss of power, Its a loud, high pitch beep every 15 seconds.

There are also car DC/AC converters. These vary in their output, but basically run off the car battery. Of course prolonged use means your car will probably have to be left idling. Once the engine is warm you could heat up some water too. A 600watt converter is less than $100 online.
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:48 PM   #25
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Oh know that's bad!!! Out here int he country I could see this happening too, can't have NOTHING outside that's not locked up REAL good (garbage etc) otherwise they WILL find a way to tear it up over night. But Hoover joining in...that's just evil lol

@bearwithfish well so far *knock on wood* we had 1 that lasted lil over 2 hrs (so I figured be proactive and ask about the tank). I was expecting outages last night cause it dropped rapidly from mid 40's down tto 10 in no time at all, but all was good, so I'm happy.

@Mikaila31 that was my very first thought when our power went out "where's the inverter for the car". And I actually have to check, cause my Jeep has a 110 outlet inside of it, I just do not know how many watts it will power with the car ideling (I never use it anyway).

Another neat non - generator back up for the fish is to boil hot water on the gas BBQ and fill it in bottles and hang it in the tank - Better then nothing is you have no nothing backup at your hosue.
I think we're pretty well prepped for the winters here, prepping like we're still living in CO but we're in TN and I hadn't seen no blizzard coming down here yet and the snow they're getting here (or did last year) was next to nothing for my taste (cause I could STILL find my Jeep in the AM without digging YAY)
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:54 PM   #26
Man, Bad stories! We have had 2 separate storms put us out for a week and another for 2 weeks. (Hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Gustav) This was during the time I did not have live fish. But we have a big generator that runs on LP gas and is connected to the whole house now. During hurricane Gustav we used it pretty much night and day this was really the first time we used it for a long period of time but It was worth every penny! I bought it from some company on ebay for a very good price. The time to get yours is when there isn't a problem. Otherwise, You may not be able to find one. It will keep your fish alive as well as keep you and your family more comfortable.
So, Sometimes I will keep my filter off for about an hour. From what I am seeing that should not be a problem, right?
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:03 AM   #27
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Sorry to hear all you went through Rob, had family loose everything thanks to Kathrina, so I am double happy to hear y'all made it through it!

Naw keeping it off for 1 hrs or so, for feeding, cleaning etc, I def don't see no problem there!
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