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Old 02-14-2007, 03:51 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Resetting clocks is better than restocking aquariums. Good that everything turned out well for you. We didn't have a power outage, but some in Ross county did. I don't know if it's back on there or not
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I have a massive generator in the patio that could easily run all my tanks along with the human essentials
People can die from the exhaust going up into house from a patio. Be certain you have proper ventalation. Put that darn thing out in the YARD
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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.
Submerged in the tank keeps it wet but not aerated, decomposing debris and dying bacteria use up more oxygen that fish need as well. Better to remove the media to a sealed plastic bag, it stays wet and aerated. When bad weather is possible, be sure the filter is rather clean.

Submerging in the tank really only makes sense for something like a biowheel, that if not wet will dryout, even then, a sealed plastic bag is smarter.
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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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I know this is a late reply, but I've been in Tampa (no the weather wasn't great only 60, lots of wind.. made rough fishing in the mangroves ).

Anyway, I meant if I had a generator, I'd likely use it to power certain sections of the fishroom, while leaving the actual generator outside... depending on how strong the generator is, the amount of heaters I have may overdraw the generator.

About carbon monoxide, I lost two friends in highschool while they were camping in the winter. They had a propane heater in the tent, my friends and one of their fathers never woke up... I wouldn't risk it.

On another note, there was a guy on the GCAS site who used a kerosene heater in his fishroom garage. He went back in after a day of work, and found everything coated in soot. It clogged all his airlines as well the blower and everything else.... feel bad for him.
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