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Old 02-07-2007, 03:27 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Here are some ideas we worked up into an article. the foxus wasn't on planted tanks tho.
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:45 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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well living along lake huron on what is considered to be one of the worst roads in the winter in north america...well lets just say that most of our stuff is run by natural gas. the aquariums however is another story. basically last summer our hydro lines got hit a few times a few days after my female venustus had spit a hundred babies! i didn't have a generator at that time but i had an eliminator that plugged into my car and we ran an extension cord into the house and ran all the filters off of it. well after a few days of starting the car every hour we bought a generator that we have had to use lots this winter for the fish...no fish lost to power outages!!!!
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Old 02-08-2007, 06:04 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Most of our tanks don't use mechanical/chemical filtration, just plants and the bacteria on surfaces of the tank and rocks, etc., so air is not normally a problem. We have a couple of tanks that have an airstone, one that has outboard filters, but most are pretty much closed ecosystems except for the heat from the heater.

What I'd like to know is what might change as the temp goes down a bit? Does the amount of dissolved oxygen go down as water temps go down? If lighting is cut off, what happens as far as the plants regarding oxygen output?
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Apparently the power was out for a little while this afternoon, went back on for five minutes, out again, and it's been on for the past half hour or so. Hopefully my discus are OK, but of course I have no way of knowing because I have to stay overnight at work. I'll be able to check on them by noon tomorrow provided the roads are passable. I'll be super pissed if anything happens to them!
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I certainly hope they are OK. Do you breed them?

I made sure I have enough gas to run my generator in case the storm tonight knocks out the power.

If we get a level III emergency, I have the option of not going to work and not getting in trouble for it, so if the power goes out, I can run the heaters in all the tanks and the power filters on the goldie tank.

Backup heat is on standby.

In our area it seems like an ice storm may happen tonight.
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I have a massive generator in the patio that could easily run all my tanks along with the human essentials
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We had our power out for two hours in West Chester last Saturday. Good times, temperature dropped very quickly with lofted ceilings as well the -5 deg blasts of wind.

The basement was the warmest part of the house . Over 1000 gallons of water that are between 75 and 80 tend to radiate some heat.

After that short stint I was considering getting a generator. I have several colonies of fish that are worth between $500 and $1000, a $300 generator would be a small investment for such a large amount of money of fish.

I'd probably end up running the generator in sections of the fishroom. Starting with clusters of smaller tanks. My 300 gallon takes a long time to cool down. This is another argument for larger tanks...

As far as the CO2 is concerned with planted tanks, I don't believe it'd be a big deal. It's the same thing as running a Black Out where you're keeping the tank dark to kill of unwanted algae. If it was a week without power, I'm pretty sure losing your plants would be the last thing you need to worry about (read: a pretty bad disaster to take out power for a week, probably have to help neighbors or communities clean up).

As far as the rest of the house is concerned, we'd light the fireplace, and get the sleeping bags out. I don't mind living in the cold for a while... I'm an Eagle Scout and have camped in weather that people refuse to go to work in around here.
Above you state "I'd probably end up running the generator in sections of the fishroom". I hope that is not the literal intent. The exhaust from a gen set is lethal. It must be run outside with real heavy extension cords to reduce the power loss over distance.
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In the past, I also worried about power outage. In my opinion the best important factor is to keep alive beneficial bacteria in your canister filter when power outage occurs. Aprox. 30 min after power outage, beneficial bacteria in your canister filter begins to die rapidly because of oxygen depletion. So you should provide water circulation. Other precautions such as adding boiled water to warm the water or agitate water surface manualy to provide oxygen are easily be done. But keeping alive benefical bacteria is only be performed with water circulation. So you need a UPS but with a sinusoidal output instead of square wave. Because canister filter motor is an inductive load and requires a real sinus wave.
As for me, I bought a APC brand UPS with SMART series. Because SMART series UPS' provide real sinus output with a 2 ms reaction time. These are very expensive but can not be compared with ordinary UPS'. Mine is SMART- 1500 and it provides almost four hour back-up for my two EHEİM canister filters.
Now I don't worry about power outage.
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You can hook up some tubing and route the exhaust from inside to outside, but you also have to supply air for the generator to run. Most homes probably leak enough air to do this. If you smell any exhaust, your re-routing of the exhaust is not good enough.

As for the filter media and the bacteria, I've read that you can remove it form your filter and put it in your tank right away, then when the power is back on, put it all back together after you've cleaned your filter out. Supposedly it is safe in the tank but not in a stagnant anerobic chamber such as a canister filter.
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I left work early today to make sure my royalty was OK. They are all doing fine - hungry but fine. Now I have the fun task of resetting all the clocks.
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