Load shedding: peroxide

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  1. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Just a quick bump of some advice offered by @Tony "

    Add 1 tablespoon of 30% hydrogen peroxide per 100 litres every 4 hours to your tank in a power failure to oxygenate your water
     
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  3. dallasg

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    remember to give it a good stir
     
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    Forgot abot that thanks David...
     
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    Most pharmacists should stock it. Remember to get the 30% one.
     
  6. jclaas

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    Sounds dangerous
     
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    educational guess?
     
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    Yes educational and thanks @459b
     
  9. MaximusZA

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    thanks guys, i am very stressed about the scheduled load shed tomorrow morning in my area. I read up and it says you need to be careful if you have crustaceans in your tank? I have a hermit, will using this be a problem? I am planning on getting a UPS this weekend but I need something for tomorrow morning.
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Depending on stocking density and temperature, a few hour load shed is nothing to be worried about. Two hours of no power wont result in death.
     
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    yup but its scheduled to be 4 hours tomorrow. 06:00 to 10:00. My current tank is a Boyu TL550 and i currently have 4 fish, 2 clowns, an orchid dottyback and a citrus goby. in terms of coral I have a hammer head, gsp, xenia and some zoa's. will that be ok for 4 hours?
     
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    you biggest issue will be temp
    wrap tank in a towel

    air pump will work, if you add this while tank is running it wont do anything so only when the shedding happens
     
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    thanks for the help guys
     
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    Indeed! Please don't try it at home! :thumbup:
     
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    @MaximusZA I tried the peroxide trick on some mud prawns and hermits I collected while on holiday to see if it would work to transport them back home. They all died within a few hours. I got some more and left them in the same amount of water without peroxide and they lasted days, so I transported them back without it and they all made it. Based on this experiment, there is no way I would risk it on my tank.
     
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    see there are various factors at play here i have personally keep mud and sand prawns alive on nothing but damp seaweed in the fridge for a few days, but i certainally wouldnt do this with my blood shrimp, how big was the container you used? was it insulated? was one of the prawns dead before the peroxide and thus fowling the water and cause the others to perish? experimentation and all about DUPLICATING results. we all care about out LS i personally have battery pumps and a deep cycle marine battery and im sourcing a UPS because im paraniod. and guys like 459b would not post silly things
     
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    I've done the peroxide trick with no problems... A few 10 Hr+ power cut with no problems!

    Highly diluted solutions of the stuff added every few hours should be fine!

    Although I have not followed the most strict scientific vigour, my observations reject the null (no sig. increase in loss of livestock in tank P>0.05):lol:
    I understand the apprehension though; not many ppl would want to experiment on their 1000's of Rands of LS with a product that slim shady uses to dye his hair.


    Just another useless bit of info for the newbies; I found that if you can keep the water tension on the surface broken somehow, it makes a huge difference to the amount of O2 diffusing into the water. So if you have a single powerhead running on a power backup, aim it at the water's surface to make some nice surface disturbance.

    Good luck guys, I hope no livestock is lost...
     
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    While I am not going to entertain a lengthy diatribe on the validity of my scientific method for testing the effectiveness of peroxide, I do have another bit of HELPFUL advice. I purchased a UPS from builders, I think it is a 200ah Ellies one which comes on it's own trolley. It was about R4000 if I remember correctly.

    We had shedding last night and I left everything plugged in, I even used the tank to illuminate our living room. When there are unplanned power cuts like we had for the whole day last Saturday (cable theft), I unplug the heaters and switch off the lights. The UPS keeps everything running for 12+ hours.

    I have also converted most of my pumps/power heads to DC as these generally consume less power
     
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    Peroxide IMHO doesn't do anything , will look for the links etc from RHF

    If you get the 50W heater from builders it will help with the temp control on the inverter , I have the same unit since we supply them and my return a dc pump and 50W I get 10hrs plus
     
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    a bilge pump is all it takes chaps, Yes 700 ZAR but how much was your yellow tang, Regal and that nice peice of acan?

    Even a 1kva genni will do just to run the powerheads as @brentch said
     
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  21. MaximusZA

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    excuse my ignorance but what is a bilge pump?
     
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