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The power went out for two hours last night. Everything was fine but got me? thinking about a longer outage. I have a 55g with 16 fish (2-3") and a 3" bristlenose pleco I run one heater, two cascade 1000 canisters and an air pump. What kind of time frame am I looking for a power outage to affect the fish? And what size compressor will run those items?
 

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I just keep a couple of cheap battery powered air pumps on hand for my crowed tanks for those situations. They run on 2 "D" batteries and run for quite a while; I have run them for 24+ hours on fresh batteries. As long as the water circulates it will oxygenate. For my less crowded tanks I don't do anything and they are fine for 24+ hours. As far as the heaters, if it's winter and the water temp starts to drop you may look into a small generator that can run your tanks; or a large one that will run your entire house.
 

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Everyone's situation is a bit different either with amount of equipment or number of tanks + duration of the outage and IF you want to run any household items such a refrigerator, furnace, lights, etc. There are some older topics on the forum, try searching for battery backup and/or generator for some suggestions as there are quite a few topics.
 

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A sealed canister will preserve bacteria for at least 24hrs. There is enough dissolved oxygen in the unit to keep a viable colony. I have read that even 48 hours is possible. I claim the 24hrs from personal experience.
 

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Deeda said:
There are some older topics on the forum, try searching for battery backup and/or generator for some suggestions as there are quite a few topics.
I went through a few of those back in the winter. It was so dizzying that I completely lost interest in the idea. lol
 

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I try to restart filters within 12 hours (overnight). I have a generator for the fish among other things (water, refrigeration, heat) and during a multiple day outage I run them for an hour or two each am, noon, pm and evening.

I've had bacteria survive 24 hours in the past.

If it will go longer than that and I have no generator, I will take the media out of the filter and place it in trays or loose in the tank.
 

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Living in the Cayman Islands I wouldn't dream of being without a generator for lights, basic appliances (Xbox), 180gal & 450 gal tanks. I have a 7.5kw gasoline and a backup 6kw diesel generator.
 
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