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Old 04-05-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
 
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Power Outages?

Hey everybody!
I'm pretty new to fishkeeping in general, so please don't kill me if I'm asking a silly question...
So my mom's work, a vet clinic, currently working on a saltwater reef tank (I say they're working on it loosely, the people there feed the fish and do basic cleaning and a guy from the LFS comes in and stocks/deep cleans the tank about once a month) for the waiting area that I don't quite know the size of, probably about 36"Lx12"Dx24"H (the tank, not the waiting area ). She's been wondering if they should have a generator or some sort of plan if the power goes; which, since we live in the midwest and have crazy weather year round, is a distinct possibility - it's happened before. Any advice/stories of what y'all do?
Thanks for any feedback in advance!
Leah
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:59 PM   #2
 
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I live in the midwest as well, and most power outages I've experienced haven't been more than an hour, which hasn't affected my saltwater fish at all. If it's more than a few hours though, that might make a difference.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:45 PM   #3
 
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Okie dokie. We don't have them often - maybe every few years - but when we do, it's bad. The power tends to be out for 4 hours or more, depending on where you are (places closest to hospitals, schools, ect get fixed first), and we're nowhere near anywhere of importance. The last one we went through put the clinic's power out for over eight hours - which doesn't seem like much compared to the few days the power was out at my house, but when you have to keep vaccines and other medical stuff refrigerated or in certain conditions every hour counts.

Thus leading to the hope that we might someday be on a wired-in generator, but they're so expensive that it won't likely happen any time soon. The other things that have to be kept a certain way can be moved to our house, which has a generator, but that fish tank would be a killer to move!
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:24 PM   #4
 
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Okie dokie. We don't have them often - maybe every few years - but when we do, it's bad. The power tends to be out for 4 hours or more, depending on where you are (places closest to hospitals, schools, ect get fixed first), and we're nowhere near anywhere of importance. The last one we went through put the clinic's power out for over eight hours - which doesn't seem like much compared to the few days the power was out at my house, but when you have to keep vaccines and other medical stuff refrigerated or in certain conditions every hour counts.

Thus leading to the hope that we might someday be on a wired-in generator, but they're so expensive that it won't likely happen any time soon. The other things that have to be kept a certain way can be moved to our house, which has a generator, but that fish tank would be a killer to move!
You could get a less expensive portable generator that could be used for just the most important circuits. They're not automatic, but they could sure save the day in a pinch. Check them out at Home Depot. They have a nice selection.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:24 PM   #5
 
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Agreed on looking for a cheap generator.

Does not have to be powerful, enough to run the tank with everything running for about an hour would be sufficient. Also gives you a back up to run important circuits.

Just beware though that many appliances take more power on startup than they do actually running, this needs to be taken into account when selecting circuits to power.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:02 AM   #6
 
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Thanks, that's pretty much what I was thinking too. lol The fun part is that we'd have to keep a door open (no windows that can open) to keep the generator outside but run the cords inside - thus someone has to be there at all times to watch the place :P Oh well, it's worth it if the critters stay comfortable.
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