How long will fish and coral survive during a power failure

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  1. VicZA

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    Like the title says. I am away until tomorrow and just found out that today we have a scheduled power outage from 7am to 6pm. I am fearing the worst but will there be any chance of survival for fish and coral. I have no power back up !
     
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    I had no power on a tank for 10hours and nothing died, just very stressed!!! Hope for the best!
     
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    last year my tank went for 3 days with no power. on the 3rd day I lost my powder blue.
     
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    The key thing is to ensure that the water temp is constant and that there is water movement / aeration in the tank to keep the fish alive.

    A simple battery operated air pump will assist as well as a battery operated pump. 10 -12 hours should be ok but the livestock will be stressed. You definitely need a UPS to run just the items I mentioned.
     
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    dont take it for granted, the busier swimmers need more O2 than slower swimming fish, prime example in my Nano i lost my prized Arygi dwarf angel, my favourite fish i ever had during a 6 hour failure nothing else died during that time only the angel
     
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    Ok, so I returned home today and after what sounds like a 8 hour power failure the fish, inverts and coral all seem to be doing ok. The only casualty was my clownfish that was suffering with fin rot so that may have happened irrespectively. The Red Fire Gobies seem most stressed and I still have not seen 1 of the 3 but he would hide on the best of days so I am not too worried. The other 2 seem to be "pecking" at each other so may be somewhat stressed.

    Thanks for all the advice ... much appreciated
     
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    i had the power trip while i was away for 1 day lost all my fish also had ups but just did not last
     
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    It all depends on your UPS capacity (kVA rating) and the number of batteries you have or the ampere hour (Ah) rating of the battery (bank).
     
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    Quick question.

    what size Ups would i need to run a std 6 foot system for an average power outage of lets say 5 hours?
     
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    really depends on the equipment you run from that UPS.

    And the wattage each component uses.
     
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