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Postby magic10 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:13 am

Hello everyone I need help!! I am in Virginia and I have been without power for about 18 hours now..what to do..I unplugged everything that runs to the tank what else do I need to do??
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Re: no power

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:41 am

No generator, right?

Are your fish breathing OK? How is the temp of their water?

I'd remove the media from your filters and submerge it in the tank so the bacteria can get oxygen.

If the LFS are open and you can get battery operated pumps that can run air stones (like $9 each) that would be great.

Sports stores also sell something similar to keep bait fish alive in buckets during a fishing trip.

Otherwise, not much you can do, but your fish might be fine.
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Re: no power

Postby magic10 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:48 am

No generator..temp was at 81 last night and now it has dropped to 76..we are expecting temps to be near triple digits!!fish are doing fine right now..should I feed them..yesterday was their fasting day for the week??
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Re: no power

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:15 pm

Don't feed them at all...you can't change the water so pollution is your enemy.
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Re: no power

Postby magic10 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:22 pm

Ok thanks DJ..i have 2 cansiter filters what do I need to do with them?? Just concern because I have 3 females holding right now!!
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Re: no power

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:00 pm

Take the media out of the filter housing and put it inside the tank. You don't want the bacteria growing on the media to be deprived of oxygen without the flow of water.
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75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Re: no power

Postby magic10 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:12 pm

Ok thanks
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Re: no power

Postby Bd79 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:45 pm

There's an excellent article at the web site for Aquatic Life Farms. I'm near you in DC and have been following his advice since Friday night. So far, no losses.

Search "aquatic life power outage" and you'll find it.
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Re: no power

Postby magic10 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:26 pm

Thanks
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Re: no power

Postby DrTenochtitlan » Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:48 pm

Here's a library article on what to do when the power fails:

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/power_failure.php
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Re: no power

Postby magic10 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:24 pm

Amen power is back on!!! Fish during good..thanks to everyone with the advice
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Re: no power

Postby DJRansome » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:36 am

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Re: no power

Postby BNoel21 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:25 am

Im sure im late on this but when we had tornados and lost power for a few days what i did to help the fish was every couple of hours i got a cup and scooped up some tank water and dumped it back in. This gave them some surface aggitation that they need. Good thing is its warm out right now so you dont reallt have to worry about it getting to cold and dont feed. We were without power for 3 days and i lost no fish.
I have 390+ gallons of fish tank
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Re: no power

Postby deaver » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:06 am

After reading this thread, i wonder if every tank should have a sponge filter running with a air pump in addition to filters u already have in your tanks? just switch em over to battery operated air pumps if the power fails. also how long would a car battery or even a solar battery ( the big 6 volt, bigger than a car battery) hooked to a converter last if it were to power heaters or even the air pumps too. i'm gonna have to look into that!
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Re: no power

Postby DJRansome » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:15 pm

Generator is the answer if you have frequent outages. For the fish and for the humans!
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33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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