12-09-2012, 11:46 AM
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During times of stormy weather or whenever power outages can be an issue if I have advance warning I make sure the water change is very current or do another one if it has been a few days. We also bump up our heaters 1-2 degrees but do not exceed 80-81 this gives the tanks a jump start on heat loss. We have not had power go out in the winter, so in the summertime, heat loss was not a concern. Main thing I can say is you can either get a generator (expensive) or battery operated air pumps. If you have none of these, which we did not, I went from tank to tank and scooped up large glasses of tank water and poured it back into the tank to provide as much oxygen to the water as I could. We did this for 2 days and one night, I stayed up all night long going from tank to tank. Do not feed your fish while power is out and if you use canister filters, do not turn them back on when the power comes back on. We do not use HOB's so I can't elaborate on that. All of the stuff in the canister has been sitting stagnant so take out a bucket of tank water and rinse everything in your canister (swish it, etc.) also pour some tank water into the empty canister and swish it around and pour it out. Once I got the canisters rinsed and running again and the temperature steady, I checked water parameters and nothing was wacky, if it had been I would have taken appropriate measures, i.e. water change, etc. Not sure what to do about heat loss in the winter but it would be good to know if someone can elaborate on that.
We had a severe storm this morning that popped the power out several times. The worst time it sounded like the 220 g had cracked glass. Thankfully the power came right back on, but the Cascade 1500 would not start back up. The FX5 did so at least we have the big filter running on the tank. Not sure what has happened to the Cascade, waiting on hubby to get home to look at it.
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