Scheduled power cut -panic sets in

Discussion in 'Power cuts' started by DeanT, 17 Jan 2013.

  1. DeanT

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    Hi all
    Got home this evening to find out we are having a scheduled power cut for some work To be done in our area

    Please can guys give me suggestions as to what I need / can do during this time to keep my tanks happy and safe

    The planned outage is from 6am to 6pm which works out to 12 hour outage

    Thanks to all for their input
     
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  3. tyronvs

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    Keep flow in the tank
     
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    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    Battery operated airpumps, ur size tank, about two or three and 1 in sump. There are other options, but thats your best bet as it endures O2 and water movement. Or...
    Hire a generator....
     
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  5. Trasique

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    yes hire a gennie, small price to pay.....and you could still use the microwave
     
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    Keeping your tank warm this time of the year should not be a problem.
    If you don't have battery air pumps stir the water with wooden spoon every hour, wil help with O2.

    Best of luck buddy, keep calm and watch your fish behavior!

    Don't add any bacteria or chemicals till power is back on.
     
  7. DeanT

    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    Thanks guys for the input - panic is because you never know how reliable these notices are , and whether they will stick to the schedule
    Got flow pumps on ups so that should keep flow going for a while
    But not too long
    Will have to look into battery powered air pumps - 2 tanks - so Might need a few
     
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    Hire a gennie. Best peace of mind.
     
  9. mytank

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    Had this a few times...

    1. Air pumps there is a airpump called Rambo and runs for 14hours rated for 1400l and you can buy it at @bryan. It's so powerful I have teed off the one to my sump the other to the DT.

    2. If you have vortechs and you in Jozi pop past me take my battery pack for the vortechs and use that AS WELL. What do is move one of my vortechs that I keep in the rock work out and put it half in water half out so it chopps the water surface. Loud and splashy but works well.

    Also know your fish, surgeons like the Zembrosa family last longer with low O2 levels, an Achillies which is from the surge zone and highly oxygenated water will k@k off.

    I also lost my potters and jelly bean to a 4 hour power failure during the night (before the air-pump I mention above) Angels for some reason are more prone to lack of oxygen.

    My trigger also gets stressed.

    Copper band is ok

    Gobies suffer.

    So point is know the tanks fish check where they naturally live and adjust Accordingly
     
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  10. LCornelius

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    Dud if the shit hit the fan you are welcome to bring your fish to my place.
    Have a little tank we can setup in minutes, just bring 80L of water!

    Do you still have my number?
    Call me anytime, no matter if it is 03:00 in the morning!
     
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  11. mytank

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    Now there is a fellow reefer!

    Just remember to make sure it's 80l of your tank water .....

    You still need a airpump for the corals and bacteria in the tank though....
     
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    Jip, I have full power at the moment.
    Will drip the 80L into my system to get filtration going.

    I founf that corals can go 24h without pumps, don't try this at home! In emergency conditions!
     
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    Air pumps are a must! In my experience.
     
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  15. vatso

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    Save and buy a generator they really not that much - one that will run your tank will cost like R3k which is cheaper then most equipment for your tank.
     
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    may be you can try fresh water oxygen tablet
     
  17. DeanT

    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    Well got through the day without a problem
    Power went off as scheduled and came back on as planned
    6am - 6pm
    Tank was perfect
    off the whole Morning and managed to put Flow Pumps On at 5pm using ups

    Glad my ups pulled through
    You never know till you are put in the position if your safe guards work
     
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    Glad to hear everything went smoothly...:thumbup:
     
  19. Craps676

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    Good to hear.

    I am starting up a big enough system to look at buying a gennie as well... Will probably be the best idea...
     
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