Amen. Did all my water changes tonight. Hope everyone is safe.
Thanks for the tip!. The Eheim is unplugged. I will give the media a brief rinse before restart.If it were me I would unplug the filters so they can't suddenly come back on again. If you can, save some dirty filter floss or something in a mesh bag in the main tank. That would help recycle the tank when the electricity comes back on, but I wouldn't just let the filters sit there stagnant, growing who knows what-all in them.
Wishing everyone the best. Let us know if we can do anything.
I thought of using the UPS, but constant noise would have only added to the misery (darkness, hot/humid, loud generators outside, beeping inside). In hindsight, the best solution IMO was to use those lead acid battery packs used to jump start cars + a small power inverter. Even though I had both I used it to run the TV for short periods of time, charge cell phones, etc. - need to get an extra one.I had a 99% survival rate of plants and fish in my tanks.
For my big planted tank I took the UPS from my computer, and plugged it in. Every few hours I would plug the filter in for 10-15 min then turn it off, just to keep the filter working well. When my power came back on a few days later, no ammonia, no nitrites, and only a little nitrates.
For my other tanks, I couldn't really run the filters, so I used a whisk to aerate them every few hours. It sounds silly, but it worked...