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Old 11-04-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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thanks, unfortunatly everything in the parents house is electric, and they do have a generator but its not a huge one, enough to keep the fridge, freezer and pellet stoves going, they tried their best by it was just too much for the fish...i absoltuly agree, temperature for these fish is the most important thing, too cold for too long and they just cant do it.

their pond fish survived the ordeal though thankfully, i think mum would have lost it if she lost all those fish too (shubbies and commets)
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Free From The Oppressive State
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We got walloped yesterday by bad weather (snow even!) and lost power. I was really concerned about my tank. I just developed a new community tank so the bio load is much larger than what I usually have with just one angel. Another concern is that it has been cold so keeping the tank at a decent temp is important. And finally aeration to keep oxygen levels up. Fortunately, my electricity came back on today. Last night around 2am I added water (1 bucket) to the tank that was a bit warmer than usual. I know this isn't great for oxygen levels, but the temp was freaking me out. I put some of the bio filter in another bucket of de-chlorinated water. I was so tired that I had to go to bed. The electricity came on twice during the night. The filter woke me up as I had to deal with it. When I got up this morning there was no power again.

I headed for the home depot and purchased two Black and decker electromate power stations ($100/ea). It can jump a car, has a compressor to inflate, a 12v and 120v AC adapters. I'm charging them now and will test next weekend. I did use it for the filter for a little while before I charged it up because there still wasn't power in the house when I got home and it was partially charged. The filter pump seemed to be weak, but it was working. I'm just hoping for future outages that these two will work for my filter, air pump, and heater.

What do you use, if anything, during power outages?
Thanks for the idea. Not used to such power outages when the wind blows or the snow comes like it's been since I've been here in Maine. I will have to look for some of these.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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Thanks for the idea. Not used to such power outages when the wind blows or the snow comes like it's been since I've been here in Maine. I will have to look for some of these.
The price isn't too bad. As I mentioned in a previous post, at some point I want to get a couple more so I can have two charging at work while two are running at home. And I just learned that my glass front on the fireplace can have the fireplace sort of work like a wood stove. I have a fire place in the same room as the tank. I don't know how true that is, but I'm going to test it out this winter. My other tank, which isn't set up yet, happens to be in the den with the wood stove. I'll definitely keep it there when I build that tank.
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