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POWER OUTAGE SURVIVAL????

9 years 1 month ago #26737 by FishandFire
Another quick and easy way to oxygenate the tank is the good old fashioned bicycle air pump.  Pump the air into the water 8-10 times per day for several minutes each time.

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9 years 1 month ago #26736 by mikeg2929
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Well stocked tanks deplete oxygen quickly.  You are probably talking 1/2 a day and then the bio filter is probably toast.

Canisters - same issue.  Worse if they are filled with snails as the snails die in a low oxygen environment  very quickly. 

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9 years 2 months ago - 9 years 2 months ago #26678 by GREENWOOD2
The canister filter on this tank (which is well cycled) will become a problem when?? .......

What should or can be done to preserve its "BIO" and what kind of time are you talking to keep it alive? Hours,...... Days............?????  How fast is its "life" lost  after power loss and when should you get concerned?

Excellent advice THANKS!!!!
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9 years 2 months ago #26673 by mikeg2929
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Fish Personal:

I lost power for 4 Hours last night in McHenry County. I have a tank, that even a kind sole, would call "over stocked". I did a 30% water change during the outage and things look fine.
My question is 1) How long would be to long without any "juice" whatever? (sorry, no backup electon source) 2) can anything else be done beside a water change if no power whatever can be accessed. 3) At what point will the biological elements of the tank be affected. 4)What should you do to make life better in the tank "when the lights come back on." Were talking a well balanced community tank including some kind of expensive #ed plecos.
Thanks in advance ......


1) no food - I dont feed them for a few days after the power is off if it is off for more than a few hours.
2) Water changes - twice a day 30 - 50%
3) Keep the fish dark - slow down the metabolic processes - less activity means less excreted waste.
4) Keep your tank clean to begin with
5) Unhook all canister filters - if they are off more than a few hours, and they are filled with malaysian trumpet snails, that filter will foul very quickly
6) gravel / rocks / are a large part of your biofilter - tanks that are furnished, and clean, do better than bare bottom tanks.
7) lower the water level an inch or tow and splash the surface for 10 or 15 minutes.
8) buy a cheap battery operated pump.  I pair $7 at walmart.
9) after 12 hours, if the tank is pretty well stocked, I think you will be compromised.  Teh tank may not be crashed, but you may see a spike as it attempts to catch up to the bio load.  Stop feeding for a week and watch out for cloudy water.

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9 years 2 months ago #26669 by sawboy2
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Also,  NO food at all.  No food = very little waste.  If wc's can be done daily and gravel vaccuumed,  they can go probably a couple weeks without harm. 

If ya think it's gonna be long,  or there is no way to commit to daily wc's,  go to a bait supply store and buy a couple aerators.  Hook them up to a couple sponge filters.  This will allow for more flexibility on the wc's.  And if it's gonna be that long,  be VERY stingy with the food!!!

And for immediate oxygen release,  Hydrogen Peroxide can be put in the tank.  The chemical reaction releases oxygen in the water.  But I do not know the %,  so you'd have to research that.

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9 years 2 months ago #26668 by dragonkeeper
Waterchanges are your best defense against a power outage. Bio should be ok for a few days. You can pour tank water over you bio material to help keep it a little longer.

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9 years 2 months ago #26667 by GREENWOOD2
Fish Personal:

I lost power for 4 Hours last night in McHenry County. I have a tank, that even a kind sole, would call "over stocked". I did a 30% water change during the outage and things look fine.
My question is 1) How long would be to long without any "juice" whatever? (sorry, no backup electon source) 2) can anything else be done beside a water change if no power whatever can be accessed. 3) At what point will the biological elements of the tank be affected. 4)What should you do to make life better in the tank "when the lights come back on." Were talking a well balanced community tank including some kind of expensive #ed plecos.
Thanks in advance ......

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