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Thread: Power Outage

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    Just had a power outage in my neighborhood. A transformer went, so it could be a while. Will this cause any harm to my fish or bacteria to not have the filter running?

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    I believe many people here recommend keeping a battery operated air-pump on hand for short power outages to at least keep the water oxygenated. The filter will be fine as long as it remains wet, but ammonia may build up while the filter is down. Adding Prime would help to alleviate that. Again, these tips are for short-term outages (idk, maybe <24 hours?), so anything longer than that may have more significant effects on the tank.

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    if its warm then 1/3 of your battle is done. if you dont have an air pump, every hour or so take a cup and fill it with tank water and empty it back into the tank making splashes.
    about the filter media, you could do more harm than good with the filter media. if its very dirty you can be adding ammonia back into the water.

    ive always wondered if draining tank water from the tank onto the filter media (in a bucket) would help keep the bb alive and deal with some ammonia..... using something small like an air line tubing....
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by genocidex View Post
    ive always wondered if draining tank water from the tank onto the filter media (in a bucket) would help keep the bb alive and deal with some ammonia..... using something small like an air line tubing....
    It will keep the bb alive and as the filter media is suppose to do it will deal with ammonia - nitrites. Then you can add fresh water to tank; small water changes during this period of power outage will help keep things from getting out of hand.
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    Thanks for your replies. Thankfully the power was only out for about 2 hours. I'll definitely be picking up a battery air pump for such situations in the future.

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    Not to discourage you from purchasing a battery operated air pump, but most power outages that occur where I live happens during the day while I'm at work. Would you be available to start it up?

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    They Make special styles of the batter operated back up pumps that turn on when power goes out.
    Very handy for when you are not there. they remained plugged in, and off, when you lose power, the recognize that and turn on.
    they run like 20ish bucks online.

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    I often have this concern. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand which had a serious of big earthquakes a few years ago which left the city in absolute ruin. To this day it still looks like a war zone in the inner part of the city. I was lucky because I was living out in the country with my parents when it happened, but now I live in the middle of town. Although the aftershocks have subsided (we used to get them every day for a few months, and they have gradually slowed down since then), there is always a small chance that the fault will go off again. If my tanks managed to survive the quakes (most people's fell over and smashed in the big ones), there is still the hurdle of no power for up to a week to contend with. I try not to think of it and get on with my life but there is always the possibility it could happen.

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