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2t2_crash
01/15/2010, 10:11 PM
There are three power outages scheduled that will effect me in the next two months.. they are supposed to last 7 hours. How do I keep my tank from going Kaput?

HASTINGSRJ
01/17/2010, 03:27 AM
We had one yesterday here on Kinser and one next weekend on the 23rd again.....

2t2_crash
01/17/2010, 08:44 AM
how long and how'd you keep the tank alive?

HASTINGSRJ
01/17/2010, 04:45 PM
I am not too sure...I dont have my tank set up yet...but I wouldnt think that a few hours would hurt anything too bad......

magrath
01/18/2010, 01:17 AM
You can go to the local bait store and they have battery operated air pumps. Buy a couple of those and they will keep your tank good to go during the power outage.

HASTINGSRJ
01/19/2010, 02:57 AM
thats a great idea.....

Patrick12
01/19/2010, 04:12 AM
The air pumps will certainly do the trick....but you should also be OK for up to 12 hours.....unless you are really overstocked. I had the same outages last year when I lived on Plaza and both my tanks did fine without any help.

2t2_crash
01/19/2010, 05:36 AM
oh ok. I have soft coral, some clams, a couple dragonnettes, a tang and four False Perculas.

HASTINGSRJ
01/21/2010, 12:15 AM
I just found out that the power outage on Saturday will only effect half of Kinser. The towers will be effected and the surrounding buildings.

jeffb3t
01/21/2010, 03:25 AM
To be honest, I wouldnt worry too much about outages that last no more than 12 hours. My tank experienced many of them with no ill effects. It's when it goes longer that I would be concerned with but as recommended above, battery operated airstone pump can help aleviate some of the worry.

ssublime1
01/21/2010, 07:52 AM
I'd go with the airpumps for sure. I had an outage in my tank a few months back, no more than 6-8 hours, and it led to my corals browning out and all fish except 2 kicking it. Not to mention the sweet cyano and brown algae that kicked into full gear. I would also manually circulate the water when possible to keep flow going at least temporarily. Low oxygen events are not good for anything in your tank.

2t2_crash
01/21/2010, 07:36 PM
I have a battery backup for a computer, I wonder if that would work?

Patrick12
01/23/2010, 12:12 AM
I have a battery backup for a computer, I wonder if that would work?

Depending on the pump you have..... specifically its amperage draw......you will usually only get a couple hours out of it. They do not support a large amp-hour load because they are designed for computers. If you are gonna use it....I would wait until 4-5 hour into the outage.

2t2_crash
01/23/2010, 08:44 PM
I'll have to go find one of the battery powered aspirators

2t2_crash
02/03/2010, 04:53 AM
picked up a battery powered aerator from the fishing shop by the Ferris Wheel... the building that is painted like a ship on water that is across from Lester.


now my [email protected]#$ coraline algae is dying off... what could cause this? everything else is good to go.

Patrick12
02/03/2010, 06:51 AM
Check your Mg++ level. Also, do you have other forms of algae that are growing better......they might be competing with the coraline which obviously grows much slower.

2t2_crash
02/03/2010, 03:19 PM
I'll check. definitely a water change weekend.

I have never had this problem before and quite honestly I have not checked my water levels in along time.. I just judged it by the reaction of the tank.

2t2_crash
02/03/2010, 03:19 PM
whoops, double tapped it.