Originally Posted by Seattle_Aquarist
First let me say that I am sorry about the devastation everyone in the Northeast is dealing with. Let me share my experience from last year when the Northwest experienced a severe windstorm and we were without power for 7 - 8 days while the outside temperatures were in the 40's. No heaters, no lights, no CO2, no filters....nothing.
How did things turn out, not so bad. After a week the plants were pale, some of the more sensitive plants lost a lot of leaves, but even those stems recovered. I lost about 1/2 of my Cardinals but my Angelfish, Corys, Otos, SAE's, Rummynose, and Apistos all survived even with tank temperatures in the mid 50's.
What did I do to make this happen? Nothing! I didn't feed the fish, I didn't feed the plants, I didn't change any water, I didn't try to bring the temperature of the tank up with warm water, water bottles, nothing. Why? Because with no light the plants don't need food and with cold water temperatures the fish become lethargic, don't move around much, and don't need much food. Also it is difficult for fish to metabolize food at cold temperatures.
Don't worry too much about your tanks, they will probably come out of this better than you think. Possibly if you concentrate your thoughts and efforts in helping family, friends, and neighbors it will take your mind off of the tanks for a while.
This is making me feel a touch optimistic. Thank you. Can't even get to my male bettas or 20 long, so they will just have to make due.
Fortunately everyone in the family is safe and we have plenty of food and candles. All of us are kinda wishing we bought a generator, but that's about it.
Marko, your bettas will probably be ok if you can wrap their tanks in towels and put a heat source like a candle beside them.
Can you get some of those handwarmers that hunters use?
*sending you and your livestock good vibes*
. Can't get to the males. The college aprtment has an electical system to unlock the door, and its mechanical, not magnetic, so instead of unlocking without power, it is unopenable. Nobody can get in and everyone was forced out at 3am yesterday. I did wrap the tank in a towel and blanket, but by now its at room temp.
I hope your power comes back sooner rather than later. Keep yourself warm and safe! Keep us posted!
If you can get handwarmers, out them into ziplock bags after you activate them, and float them in the water.
Not an option I'm afraid.
All i was able to do was wrap the tank.
I did also remove the canister filter and drain most of the water out of it and close it back up, so the bacteria have O2 and mositrue and hopefully with the cold delaying their starvation I won't have to recycle.