02-14-2007, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by CincyCichlids
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.