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PostSubject: power cut   Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:35 pm

Help!!! I'm in the middle of a power cut (thank God laptops have batteries!!!), and all the heating and filter in my tank has stopped working. They've been off for about 30 minutes so far. Temperature is still ok but what about the filter?? What can I do to keep the fish ok??

I'm going to do a bit of a water change just to make sure that's ok and will check later for your advice - dont want the battery to go.

Any advice really welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:45 pm

Well if you've done a water change then you know there wont be any ammonia etc in there to harm th fish, so that's one thing out of the way. If the temperature starts to drop, wrap the tank up in blankets or a duvet to maintain the temperature.

Keep an eye on the water stats, but I would imagine that it would have to be a failrly long power outage to make a difference to the stats.

Only thing that might happen is that you may have a mini cycle when everything ocomes back on - you will havve to monitor the water quality carefully for a couple of days.

Hope you get everything back on soon.

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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:01 pm

Do your neighbours have power? Or is it a whole area thing? If they did, can you ask to run an extension for a bit?
Like Diana said, wrapping the tank in blankets or a duvet is a good idea Very Happy
I hope it's soon sorted

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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:09 am

I had never thought about the problems a power cut could cause! Shocked Hope it's all back on soon driver.
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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:53 am

The whole areas blacked out MC - haven't even been able to have a shave and am off to work now Mad

I'll just have to hope the fish are ok. I'm not back till about 12mn. Thanks for all the advice, I'll let you know what happens.
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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:59 am

ok driver.. i'll cross my fingers for you drunken

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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:55 am

Well, my tanks were once off for five hours during a power cut but luckily everything was fine. I kept adding small amounts of hot water to the tank (making sure to avoid any fish!) whenever the temp. dropped a degree. I also poured a cup of tank water over the filter sponges every hour or so to make sure they stayed wet. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:09 am

just thinking of anything that can happen if/when the power comes back on & driver is at work...
Apart from all the lights he's tried this morning, kettle, shaver :dunno:filters etc..

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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:08 am

just to let you knw the fish are all ok I think. I got finished early - some idiot drove into my bus so I managed to get home quick.

The filter was working when I got home and the light on the heater was on. Tank temp 25. I've tested the water and it is ok.

I dont know how long it was all off for , but i guess I'll just have to keep an eye on the water is that right?
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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:13 am

Yes..i'd test for ammonia & nitrIte when you can...glad they all seem ok.

Fancy someone driving into your bus. I guess you're OK being in a bus..no injuries but shaky stuff all the same Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:18 am

It happens quite a bit, youd think a bus was big enough to see! Just a pain coz you can bet that some of the passengers will claim wiplash even though they were all ok, and the Admin give you loads of grief over it! Mad
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PostSubject: Re: power cut   Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:13 am

Glad everything seems ok driver - bet that was a worry Shocked
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