07-01-2012, 09:46 PM
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Power outage - HELP!
We've been without power for over 48 hours (feels like weeks, I swear!). It came up for about 30 minutes earlier, so I thought all was well - but it went right back out again, and has been out since. . . I'm looking for any information or advice on how to manage my tanks in this situation. My internet connection is intermittent right now, but I'm hoping it stays on so I can check this thread!
So far I've been:
*not feeding the animals to keep waste to a minimum
*preforming small, frequent water changes (every few hours) in the hopes of keeping enough oxygen in the water to support the fish and the bacterial colonies, and also to keep the temperature in the tanks at a reasonable level. (The temp here has been around 100f, and I had to vacate a newly purchased frog from the QT tank in my attic bedroom because temperatures were getting too hot. The (empty) tank hit 90f after about 8 hours without a water change)
Thus far, all of the fish, frogs, and snails seem to be doing well. They're breathing normally, swimming normally, and don't seem to be gasping for air or in any great amount of stress. They are a bit confused by my refusal to feed them, and insistence on changing their water constantly - but aside from that, coloration is good, respiration seems normal, no signs of flashing or fading color. . . I've been testing the water in my tank a couple of times a day, and the only evidence I've seen of unpleasantness was in my daughter's 3 gallon betta tank, which tested with a slight trace of nitrate this morning after being left alone overnight. This is the smallest and most recently established tank, so I'm not surprised, and am keeping a close watch on the situation in there.
Is there anything else I can or should be doing in this situation to minimize any negative effects on my tanks?
I actually fasted my tanks on Friday, which may have worked to my advantage in this situation, but they've gone for 3 full days without food now. Tomorrow, regardless of the power, I'm going to feed my new Dwarf African Frog a light meal. He's a juvie, and VERY thin - I don't want to cause him any harm. . . I may go ahead and give all the tanks a light feeding, since I'm changing the water so frequently, I think it would be okay - any thoughts on this?
So back to the frog:
How long are defrosted foods safe to feed a DAF if they've been kept cool?
Everything from the freezer is in a cooler - including the frozen frog foods (brine, bloodworm, krill, mysis, etc). These are NO LONGER FROZEN, but still cold, and have been kept in the cooler since a few hours after the freezer lost power. I can't run out and buy fresh, because the pet stores are closed - also without power (the new batch would just go bad anyway!) and neither of my frogs will eat pellet food. They never have, and I highly doubt they ever will.
Any advice appreciated - and thanks!!!
Last edited by Chesherca; 07-01-2012 at 10:00 PM..
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07-02-2012, 01:06 PM
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Thanks, Geo! Ug, this is a nightmare, and I TOTALLY can understand getting a generator for the tanks, lol! LUCKILY we've just been loaned a generator from a family member who doesn't need it anymore, so we have the filters on in the tanks and the AC running - and one extra spot that is strong enough to power such things as a laptop or a coffee maker or charge a cell phone. My husband didn't bat an eye when I told him that the filters had to come up before we got the refrigerator going. Love him for that! the fish in the fridge are already dead - I don't care about them! Plus after 48+ hours with no electricity, everything is either thrown out or in the cooler, so I'm WAY more worried about the tanks!
I have a HOB filter on my main tank, and those weird Biowheel things on the other two. I've been trying to keep them damp during water changes, hoping all is well now that they're moving again.
You can BET I'll be looking into a battery operated airstone asap when the shops are up and running again. . . and, actually, a generator WILL be on the list of things to save for.
We actually have a gas-powered water heater, so we have both hot and cold water - and the water is still running (lots of others have no water around here, either - thank GOD this is not something I have to worry about). So I have been using water changes to keep the water at a stable temperature. It's been so hot. . .
It made me laugh when you referred to fish as giving 'sad puppy dog looks' cuz' they're begging for food. I don't know HOW they do it, but they DO! Poor things! I'll continue to hold off on feedings, but now with the filters up and running, I may do a light feed tomorrow - after they've been running for 24 hours. . . and I did go ahead and feed the frog a tiny bit this morning. I changed the water after an hour or so. I'm not sure either. I think the bigger one would be fine, but the little one is so tiny! I dunno if I should have risked it, but I did - and everything seems okay, and the frozen worms were still cold. Hopefully things will get up and running before another 48 hours pass, and I can get fresh food and keep it frozen for the next feeding.
Just did tests on all of the tanks again. Everything is still testing normally, except that I have a low reading for nitrIte in the 3g tank still. . . hopefully I can keep that in check with water changes, and it will re-establish again soon.
07-02-2012, 02:27 PM
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Have faith! I was told we wouldn't have power until the 8th but it came back yesterday afternoon.
My BF and I saw a bunch of utility trucks as well a tree trimming crews from all over that were headed East on US 70. Help is on the way!
ETA: I woke up to a warm house this morning. Seems my AC is now broke some I'm laying in front of a fan watching the Olympic Swimming Trials. I'm blessed. Posted via Mobile Device
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