Power failure?

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  1. TanyaB

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    Hi,

    The power just went out and I am worried about my tank.
    What can I do to keep the oxygen levels up?
    I have a 24 gallon Nano with 4 fish 2 shrimps 3 snails and a hermit.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    RiaanP Moderator

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    for the first hour, just stir the water every couple of minutes.

    Longer, try and get one of those battery driven airpumps.
     
  4. TanyaB

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    Thanks.

    Were can I look for them? I did not know they even existed.
     
  5. Uettnerw

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    Or get an inverter + battery. All very good when you are there when the power goes off. You might be sleeping and 8 hours later things might not be 'happy'. My setup works quite well.
     
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    Petstores normally sell them. I think they go for anything between R100 to R200.
    You may need to buy tubing, airstone and batteries for it.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    you can just stir the water to get the water from the bottom to rise to the top

    a battery pump as mentioned is a good investment
     
  8. NickW

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    I recently (last week) has no power for 2 days. I used a battery air pump and stirred the tank for about 5min every half an hour (including waking up every hour throughout the night :m33:), once i managed to organize a generator and got it linked up to the tank, the power came back on an hour later. Anyway, luckily i didn't loose any livestock. All corals and fish are doing well since. Corals took a day or 2 to bounce back but no losses.

    Given the above you should be ok with a battery airpump and stirring. Investing in a proper backup system i think is definitely something i will be looking into :p
     
  9. Shepherd1

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    Animal Kingdom, in Attebury Value Mart, stock these battery air-pumps.
     
  10. Francois

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    This is from @Tony from masa and you can also google it, it works

    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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  11. TanyaB

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    Thanks guys.

    I will definitely get an battery air pump.

    Thanks again for all the help.
     
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