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The storm that blew through the midwest knocked out our power. What do you do for filtration and oxygen for ...

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    Teenie Weenie Fish supergirltnt's Avatar
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    Red face No Power! What do I do?

    The storm that blew through the midwest knocked out our power. What do you do for filtration and oxygen for your tanks? How long will the fish typically last with no power? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    As long as it doesn't last for days, you'll be fine. Oxygen is dissolved into the water along the surface of the tank. It always works like that, but using filtreation/aeration 'mix up' the water so more is at the top to take in the oxygen.

    Really, what can you do? Unless you want to go out and spend the money for a battery backup system, or battery powered filter and air pump - there's not much that can be done withoug power.
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    they'll be fine. it would be helpful to stir up the water with your hand every now and again to mix up the water and aerate it a bit. if the power is out for more than a day, you can do a water change.
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    when we had a recent power outage, i took an empty, clean pitcher, filled it with tank water, and slowly poured it from about a foot from the water level. did it every hour or so to keep the water oxygenated.

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    If you can. get a batery bowered air pump and try to get one of them polestyrene boxes and that should keep it warm while the power is out

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyunelan2
    Really, what can you do? Unless you want to go out and spend the money for a battery backup system, or battery powered filter and air pump - there's not much that can be done withoug power.
    They make battery powered filters?? I'd really like to get my hands on one, so if anyone knows how I can get one. I know they have emergency power supplies, but a filter that you can just put batteries in would be awesome!
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