RSS Hey New England, is your reef aquarium ready for Hurricane Irene?

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  1. MASA Admin

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    So your reef survived the great East Coach earthquake earlier this week but you’re not out of the clear yet because Hurricane Irene is knocking on your door. Natural disasters are never fun but unlike an earthquake, you know this one is on the way and you can take some precautions in advance just in case Irene does*cause*havoc in your area.

    Depending on where you are when a hurricane hits, there are definitely some things to do to help eliminate as many possible issues in advance. Sure having a bunker-type house, backup generator and hermetically sealed aquarium would make it a lot easier but we all don’t have unlimited resources. Here are some of our tips for preparedness:

    • Stop feeding now to prevent nutrient buildup in the event of a power outage — Not only will decaying food add to the nutrient levels but the fish have to excrete the waste of what they eat. A few days without food will not harm them.
    • Get plenty of battery operated airpumps and batteries to run them — Penn Plex makes a couple of *inexpensive battery-powered backup air pumps*or the Ecotech Marine*Vortech battery backup for Vortech owners to keep water*circulating*and aerating. Also it helps to have extra batteries on hand just in case the power is out for a while.
    • Lowland reef tanks should have all electrical components mounted as high as possible in case of flooding from storm surge — Higher is always better and in the case of storm surges and flooding, so take precautions to try and save as much as you can in the event of a flood.
    • Analyze automated top off*(ATO) and dosing systems to make sure they won’t cause complications if the power goes out — It might be best to disconnect kalk stirrers, dosing pumps and calcium reactors. At the very least disconnect power to see if your tank is prepared for power interruption and a restart. Would hate to see your entire top off reservoir dump into your aquarium once power is lost.
    • Don’t buy any fish or livestock right now — No need to bring something home only to lose power for a few days. Put off buying anything new until the storm passes.
    • Make sure to have plenty or freshwater and premixed saltwater ready to go, on site — In the event of an emergency, you may not be able to get to your LFS for a while and if you can, they might be out in a hurry. Once power comes back on, an immediate water change is probably in order.
    • Have some GAC and GFO in case something does happen and water quality deteriorates — Carbon is a great way to remove impurities in an emergency. You can never have too much carbon (well, you probably can…)
    We really do hope the storm passes with minimal damage and that your reef aquarium will survive. These tips should help in most minor cases of power loss and possible flooding and are great tips for others no matter what natural disaster. Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.




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  3. Paul B

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    We just drove around and here is my block. We live in an area called the Oaks and this is why.
    About a third of the streets are blocked with down, still alive wires and trees.
    Thank God that of the dozen or so trees down around my block, none of them fell on a house.
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    This is the scene on almost every block
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    Wow Paul,it is insane, suppose no one is getting to work. Good luck that side hey. Thank you for sharing
     
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    I think the Long Island railroad will run tomorrow. That railroad carries two and a half million people to the city every day. But I am retired.

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    I just went to my boat which is about 5 miles away and there are only a handful of homes here with power.
    I didn't lose power so I lent my generator to a friend.
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    They pulled my boat out of the water just before the storm. It will go back in on tuesday.
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    This is around the corner from my house
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    It look bad
     
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    That must have been terrifying when the tree crashed through the house. Hope no one was at home!!!
     
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    I don't know the people or know if they were home. Their two cars are in their driveway and can't get out. One is totally crushed.
     
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