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kflemi16 01-25-2008 02:29 PM

Power cut! Could be out all night!
Help me someone!
I have a power cut at home, so heater and filter are off, from half 11 today till very probably tomoro morning! (i am using internet on my phone)
I have taken some water out the tank and actually heated it over a gas stove, it went from 27 to 22, i got it back to 24, but is there anythin else i can do?

What about overmight

fish_4_all 01-25-2008 03:30 PM

Keep the water temp up if oyu think you need to. Mine went out for 5 days and my fish were fine at temps below 60F for the first 3 days. Don't change the temperature quickly! Maybe 1-2 degrees at a time or you will do more damage than help.

JouteiMike 01-25-2008 04:45 PM

Something you can try is to cover the tank with a sheet, this could help relax the fish and have them rest, which in turns makes them use less oxygen. Simple water changes could help drastically too.

Do not feed the fish until the power is back up and running.

Picking up a battery operated air pump is an option too for keeping oxygen levels up over night. And I agree with fish_4_all, sudden changes in temperature are deadly, so be careful when adding the new water. The sheet will also help insulate the tank... I think you will be fine for one night.

To prepare yourself for the next power outage...a generator that plugs into the wall and a battery air pump may be a good idea.

Good luck!

herefishy 01-25-2008 05:10 PM

Rather than a sheet, use blankets. They may help insulate the tank. Also use kerosene space heaters near the tanks. I,m lucky, in that, I have a propane/natural gas generator that will almost run the whole house in emergencies. You may also be able to to tape those catalytic hand/foot warmers to the tanks. The ones that are disposable. You break a catalyst open inside the package and they heat up for something like 10 hours. They are sold here in the States at hardware stores and sporting good stores. Filtration may be a problem if you don't have the battery operated air pumps.

kflemi16 01-26-2008 02:17 AM

thanks guys, power came back on at 2:30am last night. temp was down to 20C (68F) since it came on and water temp has risen, air is flowing fish are looking a bit more lively.

last question, will it have affected any of my filter which has just been cycled about a month or so ago.

herefishy 01-26-2008 02:41 AM

Ta-da!!!!!! And just like in the movies, they all live happily ever after. Glad to hear that most of the worry was for naught.

JouteiMike 01-26-2008 09:40 AM

I probably should have asked you what type of filters you were running and what set up you have for them. It would have been a good idea to soak the biological media in tank water to keep them alive. Hopefully the biological media didn't dry up or die.

Test your water parameters to see if there are any fluctuations, and it is always a good idea to perform water changes.

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