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post #1 of 7 Old 12-22-2013, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Power Outage

Hi, we had a power outage last night due to freezing rain. It may last for up to 3 days. I am really worrying about my two bettas. Do they even stand a chance of making it through this? The temperature outside is below freezing. The tank is still at 23C, and its 16C in the house.

Is there any way I can keep my bettas warm? Please help.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-22-2013, 12:36 PM
Wow!! That is scary! I guess first thing is to totally wrap up the betta tanks in quilts to hold what heat they have....what are you going to do to keep warm in your house?
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-22-2013, 12:41 PM
Is your hot water tank electric or gas....either way the water in the hot water tank is probably warmer than in the betta tanks....maybe add some of the water from the hot water tank? Might buy some time....
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-22-2013, 02:04 PM
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We're iced in bad too but at least we have power so far. (north of Toronto)
It will be hard to regulate his tank but I agree with using the hot water. The alternative is to put hot water in a pan and set his bowl or tank in the pan. That way you are not adding the hot water direct to his tank. ( I don't trust the crud in hot water tanks and would never drink hot water straight from the tap.) You could then wrap a quilt or blanket around the pan. Slower heat transfer to the tank and you can use a bit more water that way. Bigger volume might be slower? Maybe? Just a perspective. What province are you in btw?

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Thank you for your replies. I've wrapped the tank in a blanket. Unfortunately I don't have any hot water. I live on a high floor, and the little water that is trickling from the tap is very cold. I don't know what else I can do. Hopefully they will fix the electricity soon.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-22-2013, 08:55 PM
Good luck! Hope you have power soon!
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Well, we finally have electricity! The fish are fine, and the tank is slowly warming up.

Thanks for all your help and support!
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