What are you all doing snowmageddon?
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Local Pet Stores, Clubs, and Conventions > Washington


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-22-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
ghotifish
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (10/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 289
Default

What are you all doing snowmageddon?


We moved our few fish from the 20 gallon to the rest in the 40 breeder. Have the main tank wrapped in several blankets and sleeping bags. Twice a day we've been boiling water on the jetboil and putting it into nalgene bottles. A reverse ice cube. We probably won't have power again until Tuesday night. Got a battery powered air stone on the way... All the fish seem pretty active when I switch out the nalgenes, so far....water must have dropped to the 60s at least, outside has been low 30s throughout.

Any thoughts on what we should do?
ghotifish is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-22-2012, 05:50 PM   #2
Seattle_Aquarist
Planted Tank Guru
 
Seattle_Aquarist's Avatar
 
PTrader: (38/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 2,711
Default

Hi ghotifish,

It has been a challenging week with rain, snow, ice, snow, and rain again. We live in Renton and didn't get anywhere near as much snow as you folks in Olympia (only about 6") but we were without power for 30+ hours. My aquariums got down to 55 degrees but I only lost a few Tetras and Rasboras; my angels, corys, and Apistos did OK although they were sitting on the bottom barely moving just before the power came back on. Hope you get power back on soon! -Roy
__________________
Roy
45 Gallon Tall; 96 Watt AH Supply CF; 6700K; & 30 Gallon Long; 2X36 Watt AH Supply CF; Press. CO2; UGF; Heat Treated Montmorillonite Clay
Greater Seattle Aquarium Society (GSAS)

Seattle_Aquarist is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-22-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
Nubster
Planted Tank Guru
 
Nubster's Avatar
 
PTrader: (16/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Romney, West Virginia
Posts: 3,550
Default

Sounds like you are doing all you can do short of taking them someplace that has electric. Just make sure to not feed them until things are turned back on.
__________________
EVIL Camera Pimp member #1
NIKON Pimp Club member #012
SunSun Pimp Club member #069

20L OEBT/Super Tiger/PFR Tank 20L Yellow Neo tank

Nubster is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-23-2012, 02:25 AM   #4
orangelss
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Monroe, WA
Posts: 51
Default

Up here near the National Forest we had almost 2ft and no power for 3 days. Added battery pwered air pumps and heaters to the tanks. Didn't loose any fish but some new plants came in right when we lost power. Preety sure they are all toast Hope everything works out for yah and they get your power back soon!!
orangelss is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-23-2012, 03:25 AM   #5
Seattle_Aquarist
Planted Tank Guru
 
Seattle_Aquarist's Avatar
 
PTrader: (38/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 2,711
Default

Hi orangelss,

What plants did you lose?
__________________
Roy
45 Gallon Tall; 96 Watt AH Supply CF; 6700K; & 30 Gallon Long; 2X36 Watt AH Supply CF; Press. CO2; UGF; Heat Treated Montmorillonite Clay
Greater Seattle Aquarium Society (GSAS)

Seattle_Aquarist is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-23-2012, 04:56 AM   #6
monkeyfish
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
monkeyfish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (14/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: j-town, nj
Posts: 524
Default

Pickup something like this: http://www.harborfreight.com/800-rat...:referralID=NA it's small and fairly cheap, would be enough to run heater, air, filter. Bigger is better if you can swing it, more power to run more stuff.
I was just recently informed you guys don't get much snow out there but....we had 18" the day before Halloween and my power was out for 9 days. When I added up what it would cost to replace all my fish, shrimp, and plants (not to mention the food in my fridge) I went and spent that amount on a 7000w generator. It's already paid for itself IMO. Good luck to you, hope you get juice back asap.
__________________
"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it" - Mark Twain
monkeyfish is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-23-2012, 07:58 AM   #7
Aqua_chem
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Pullman, WA
Posts: 57
Default

I live in a place that handles the weather a little bit better (Pullman, WA). We got about a foot and a half and never lost power.

Got cold enough to mess with the temps in one tank though. It looks like it stressed the rams out enough to develop a bit of ich.
Aqua_chem is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-23-2012, 09:27 PM   #8
Da Plant Man
Nerd Alert.
 
Da Plant Man's Avatar
 
PTrader: (74/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: NW Montana
Posts: 5,708
Default

We just got 1 and a half. But then again, I am on the east side of WA.
__________________

RAOK CLUB #12
Wabi-kusa Pimp #1
"99% of the time, a fish tank with plants will fail. Once you start a dedicated planted tank with fish, then you begin to succeed." - Geniusdudekiran
Da Plant Man is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-23-2012, 11:03 PM   #9
Aqua_chem
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Pullman, WA
Posts: 57
Default

Where are you at DPM?
Aqua_chem is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-24-2012, 12:44 AM   #10
alfalfa
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: PNW USA
Posts: 106
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Da Plant Man View Post
We just got 1 and a half. But then again, I am on the east side of WA.
1.5' : Eastern WA :: 1.5" : Western WA

alfalfa is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-24-2012, 02:24 AM   #11
orangelss
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Monroe, WA
Posts: 51
Default

I lost some Blyxa Japonica, all of the Limnophila Aromatica and Rotala Colorata
orangelss is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-24-2012, 06:05 AM   #12
ghotifish
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (10/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 289
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by alfalfa View Post
1.5' : Eastern WA :: 1.5" : Western WA

Ha ha--so true. I'm actually from Eastern WA where we have helpful things like snow tires and snow plows! Also, there aren't so many darn trees around to fall over onto the power lines! My husband (who also psts as Ghotifish) is from the West side of the mountains so he's a bit of a wimp when it comes to the snow.

We actually got 15" of snow plus nearly an inch of ice coating everything from the freezing rain portion of the show. We've been without power, water, or heat for six days so far!

We've been able to keep the tank around 60 degrees with the water bottles. It's warmer at the top since there isn't any circulation. So far we've lost one shrimp and no fish (at least that we can see when we look in with a flashlight). We'll have a better idea once the power comes back on and we can take all the insulation off to get a good look. We actually broke down and bought a 5500 watt gas generator today but we haven't set it up because all the hardware stores are sold out of the 4 pronged cord required to plug the dumb thing into the house! We'll probably just save it for next time, since we live in a rural area where this happens nearly every year.

There are a bunch of Electric company trucks on our road right now, so we are hopeful that the power will come back on tonight. We cleaned the canister filter in preparation for the big restart.

We'll let you know how it turns out!

Mary
ghotifish is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-24-2012, 06:43 AM   #13
lophura
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Deer Park, Wa
Posts: 17
Default

You folks on the west side of the state always make me chuckle. I remember I was over there for a show one time and we had 4' of snow and lows around -20 for a few nights in a row here at home. Over there, there was a dusting of snow (maybe an inch) and it was 31*. People were stocking up and clearing store shelves, crashes all over, school was cancelled, it was like the end of the world and all we could do was laugh. Up here in Northeastern Washington (north of Spokane) we have lots of trees to fall on lines but we're just used to it all. As of right now we have about a foot and a half and bitter cold. I haven't been paying attention to temps but I do know that chicken eggs freeze solid and the shells crack after an hour of being laid in the chicken coop though.
lophura is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-24-2012, 03:09 PM   #14
Seattle_Aquarist
Planted Tank Guru
 
Seattle_Aquarist's Avatar
 
PTrader: (38/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 2,711
Default

Hi lophura,

I grew up in MO where the winters hit -14F. The difference here is the "hills" (in MO we would call them mountains), heavier traffic, and the lack of snow removal / de-icing equipment. I driven in E. WA many times in heavy snow during the winter, I assure this side is definitely more challenging.
__________________
Roy
45 Gallon Tall; 96 Watt AH Supply CF; 6700K; & 30 Gallon Long; 2X36 Watt AH Supply CF; Press. CO2; UGF; Heat Treated Montmorillonite Clay
Greater Seattle Aquarium Society (GSAS)

Seattle_Aquarist is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012