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Old 02-06-2007, 11:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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All my fish tanks are in the basement too. Nice and warm there If there's a power outage, I plan to call the company several times to get it back on ASAP. Living in the suburbs of columbus have a few perks. Our power usually doesn't stay out for long, plus I'm near a mall and lots of businesses. There would be a lot of complaining if it stayed out longer than a day.

Otherwise I understock most all my tanks, so the oxygen isnt a problem. The heat may be, although I'm betting most all my tanks can take a little dip and maybe only get an ich outbreak.

I know many people that go to micro center (a computer store) and get a small backup for $25, like you said. In town, it's worth it since the power outages aren't too frequent or long.

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Old 02-06-2007, 12:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If I had a power outage I would probably take my U.P.S. off of my computer and hook it up to my heater at least. As many others have said in this thread I think your critters will survive with no filtration for a week or so. A uninterupted power source is not a bad thing to have, specifically for an aquarium, they may be expensive once you get a large one that will last a while once a power outage occurs, but in the long run it is deffinetley worth it, although it would probably only last for a day or 2.....maybe more with just a heater running.
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If I had a power outage I would probably take my U.P.S. off of my computer and hook it up to my heater at least. As many others have said in this thread I think your critters will survive with no filtration for a week or so. A uninterupted power source is not a bad thing to have, specifically for an aquarium, they may be expensive once you get a large one that will last a while once a power outage occurs, but in the long run it is deffinetley worth it, although it would probably only last for a day or 2.....maybe more with just a heater running.

If you hook up a 250W heater to your UPS, it'll last maybe a few hours...I'd hook up an airstone.
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We have had big power outages for hurricanes, less often in winter. When hurricane Rita shut down things here in Houston, I had a plan.

First, I had battery opperated airpumps that went on automatically when the power went out. These were inserted into the big sponge filters I had set up a few days earlier, so the regular air pump line was alongside the batterypack air line. Sponge filtration never stopped. If did a big water change and filter cleaning the day before the storm hit, so I had some time before things went toxic in the canisters. I had also stopped feeding the fish the day before to keep ammonia down.

First thing in the morning I opened each canister, 2 on each discus tank, and put the media into a sealed plastic bag to keep it aerated and moist. I added a dose of Prime to every tank.

Power came back on after about 12 hours so I didn't have to go further but I did have a plan to hold me for a week or so.

I don't know how long the batterypack airpump would run, but I expected a few days use, and I had spare batteries. If that failed, I'd add Prime each day lightly and stir the tank for aeration, adding H2O2 in an emergency, just a touch, like before going to bed when stirring wouldn't happen.

Power outage in winter are much more serious. That'd involve adding a blanket and small water changes with heated water. Not changing the temp too much would be important I'd think, I'd probably try to float a bucket in the tank to hold heated water and monitor the tank temp closely. If I lived in a an area where that happened, I'd probably have foam boards cut to fit the front and sides of the discus tanks at a minimum.
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If you hook up a 250W heater to your UPS, it'll last maybe a few hours...I'd hook up an airstone.
it depends what size ups you have, you can spend 80 dollars on one or 300 dollars, ther is a huge difference.
The power supply for my computer is 350 watts and my ups will run it for 5 to 7 hours and it isnt a top of the line ups.
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Hmmm...I didn't think about just doing water changes to keep the temp steady. That's assuming you don't have an electric water heater and you have enough hot water in the storage tank to take care of the humans, pets, and the fish. I guess with a gas heater that wouldn't be a problem?
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If you go with a UPS to run your heater, I'd suggest you try it out to see how well it works before you find yourself in a position of depending on it. I don't know what kind of UPS you have gibmaker but to get more than an hour of run time, especially for a computer using 350 watts, is pretty amazing. I have several computers with UPS's of varying sizes. My 1500VA UPS which was about $200 gives me maybe 30 minutes on my computer.

I doubt that cheaper UPS (say around $50) would run a 200 watt heater for much more than 15 to 30 minutes.
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Hmmm...I didn't think about just doing water changes to keep the temp steady. That's assuming you don't have an electric water heater and you have enough hot water in the storage tank to take care of the humans, pets, and the fish. I guess with a gas heater that wouldn't be a problem?

When power is out you can't depend on water all the time, if the source is a well that may be electrically driven! Also, the water treatment plant may be off line. If the power outage involves flooding, water supplies may be contaminated.

Any downtime at the water treatment plant may be followed by the plant using strong chemicals to clean the system up.

I recall that after that deep freeze in the northeast (2001?) we heard from some folks who made it through the weeks without power but lost all fish with the first waterchange.

That is why I had so much water stored (all bathtubs full for dishes and baths and flushing, bottled water for people, the 55 gallon drum for fish and people if necessary)
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Back in the day...... Early fish-keepers often used oil lamps or candles to keep their little glass boxes warm. It's infinitely more sustainable than any "electricity" option, but does carry with it the risk of burning down the house.

Most fish will be fine even in temps down into the 60's. The house has to be pretty darned cold before this is a concern, especially with larger tanks. This does not include discus! A UPS will not last long with a 300W heater unless it's truly enormous.

Really though, if you don't have a plan to keep your house warm when the power goes out, who cares about the stupid fish? You've got bigger problems like broken pipes, cold children, and a host of other issues. IMO everyone that lives in a region that is potentially cold enough to kill you should have a backup source of heat to use if the power is out. Even if it only keeps the house at 60 or 65 degrees that'll be enough.
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fortunately, I have a 35,000 btu gas heater that can heat the house enough to keep most parts at 60 deg f except maybe in sub zero weather. In that case you just have to be in the vicinity of the heater. I originally bought it to heat the house but it's an uneven heat and the gas furnace does a better job, though at a premium price.
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