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Stonesy 10-28-2012 04:39 PM

Is anyone out there going to be affected by H. Sandy?
I am worried about long term power failure. Advice on tank survival is appreciated. We have a generator but the test run with it didn't run the pumps. How do I take care of these tanks, daily water changes? Thank you in advance. Stonesy

Tigris 10-28-2012 05:10 PM

If you have live plants you'll be fine. You can also buy battery operated pumps to run airstones, sponge filters, etc.
Do a water change the day before and don't feed them at all or very little.
Also you can use prime
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thekoimaiden 10-28-2012 07:34 PM

There is a chance I will lose power due to Sandy, too. I'm actually finishing up water changes right now. In the days before it hits do multiple water changes on your tanks. Having the cleanest water possible will help your fish survive. Gather towels and blankets to wrap the tanks in when the power goes out. This will help conserve the warmth. Battery-powered air pumps (just get bait bucket aerators) can be hooked up to sponge filters to keep the BB oxygenated. You'll also want to stop feeding your fish. Less food in means less waste out. If your filters haven't been cleaned in a bit, might want to give them a rinse with tank water (especially if you haven't cleaned them recently). Once the power goes out and water stops flowing through the filters, any gunk that's in there will quickly decay and deplete the water of oxygen. You should also move your filter media to your tank when the power goes out. If you can, position the air pumps under the media to maintain the greatest water flow through them.

If you can store extra water for water changes, that's also a great idea especially if you are on a well system. I'm in the city, so this isn't as important to me (and as a result I also forget to warm others about it).

Live plants are great, but remember they only take in ammonia when they photosynthesize. Without power and lights, they won't do that.

Hope you guys stay safe in the storm!

Geomancer 10-28-2012 08:42 PM

I'm in MA which has people freaking out left and right even though Sandy isn't projected to enter the state.

Some tree branches may take out a power line here and there, but I'm not expecting anything major, nor if the power does go out that it will be out for long.

Good advice already posted though, I bought a generator specifically because of my fish tanks in the winter. My fear is heat more than anything else. I can just open the blinds to get my plants light but nothing I can do about heat without power. Thankfully weather isn't really cold yet.

pop 10-28-2012 10:15 PM

I am expecting a week without power. I changed the water and have about 20 gal in buckets to do partial water change in few days its 55 gal tank. We will be alright.

Tazman 10-28-2012 10:46 PM

Am going to move this to off-topic discussions as it should not be on the main forum.

Here in Southern Quebec am expecting to get high winds which may knock power out, it is getting colder here now so will have to keep a close eye on things.

ll the advice posted here is good and even though the main part of the storm may not come near you, doesnt mean it will not affect you. This system is enormous and its tropical storm force winds extend hundreds of miles away from the center which is likely to make landfall over New Jersey in the coming hours. By tomorrow afternoon (Monday) almost 27 Million people will be directly affected by Sandy. Stay safe and do not take any risks, this is not a storm to mess around with.

pop 10-29-2012 12:39 PM

Sandy is knocking on the door. My solution for sandy stress is a hot cup of cacao and a bagel and cream cheese. Guess I should answer the door!! Oh my rain and wind.

willow 11-01-2012 10:47 AM

i can't begin to know what it's like out there for you guys,
i've been watching on the tv....i sincerely hope you'll all be ok.

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