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Old 10-30-2012, 10:42 PM   #61
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Glove/hand warmers in ziplock bags, They last 7hrs!
I don't think so. The most common type needs oxygen to create the heat generating reaction. In fact, people deliberately put them into plastic bags in order to stop the reaction so that they can reuse them later. The other common type is rechargeable and doesn't seem to need air, but only lasts 30 minutes to an hour.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:43 PM   #62
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My power just came back on. has been off a little more then 24 hours. WOW! They said 10 - 2 weeks for power.I'm fine, but my tanks need work. I guess I'll rinse my filter media and start the filters. and use Prime.......... Parts Of NJ, NYC, Staten island are devastated. My Prayers for all who lost to Sandy. The NE USA has never seen things (weather wise) this bad.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:57 PM   #63
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Power was out here for about 24 hours. I had unplugged and taken the media out of the filters when the power went off yesterday afternoon, temps did drop overnight - it was 65 in the house when I woke up this morning, all my fish and snails seem normal. Reloaded and turned the filters back on, added some Prime (just because), everything seems all good so far.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:32 AM   #64
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For those who are getting power back, don't let the guard down too far. Do some testing and watch for ammonia. It is hard to say if or how much bacteria you may have lost so just be aware of the question. Also, the power may be interrupted in some cases as things have to be rebuilt. There is likely to be some trees and things hung up here and there that may still damage things. Sometimes the transformers will be holding the load for now but after a day or so of overload, they may blow. And for sure, don't try to be a hero and move lines out of the street or such. It may be dead when it is laying there but if you pick it up, you are pressing your luck!
Be safe! If you've made it this far and still have power, you have dodged the big bullet but don't get careless and hurt yourself now.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:44 AM   #65
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Depending on where you are finding sediment and what the storm did in your area, there is likely no big need to worry about the sediment. All pipes have a collection of rust corrosion and minerals lining the inside. When they get a heavy knock, this is likely to get knocked off and come out of the tap. These knocks can come from lots of things. Was the wind shaking the building? Trees falling on buried lines? Pumps to keep pressure up losing power and being restored? Lots of things were shaking that had not been shook that much before, right?
What makes it less worry is that all this gunk inside the pipes has been setting there in chlorinated water. It may not look good but it is likely safe to drink if there has not been a boil order put out.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:00 AM   #66
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I don't think so. The most common type needs oxygen to create the heat generating reaction. In fact, people deliberately put them into plastic bags in order to stop the reaction so that they can reuse them later. The other common type is rechargeable and doesn't seem to need air, but only lasts 30 minutes to an hour.
That's a bummer if that's the way they work. I'll have to check into them a bit more. Do they just need air to get activated or to STAY activated?

What about battery operated ones that I could seal inside a bag using my vacuum sealer .. makes a nice water and air tight seal. Any idea how long the batteries might last?
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Just lost power 3 hours ago. But it has been restored now. I have already set my contingency plan to work and ready to head to bed. Then, it came back on. At least, I don't have to clean my filter the next day. Already have a battery operated air pump running and blankets over the tank. My bio rings were already in a media bag and floating in the tank.
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That's a bummer if that's the way they work. I'll have to check into them a bit more. Do they just need air to get activated or to STAY activated?

What about battery operated ones that I could seal inside a bag using my vacuum sealer .. makes a nice water and air tight seal. Any idea how long the batteries might last?
They need air to stay activated. I don't know anything about battery operated ones, but I can't imagine a small battery would provide much heat output. Using a propane camp stove to heat water and filling plastic bottles that you can float in the tank would be more effective.
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They need air to stay activated. I don't know anything about battery operated ones, but I can't imagine a small battery would provide much heat output. Using a propane camp stove to heat water and filling plastic bottles that you can float in the tank would be more effective.
Ok thanks .. bummer they need air to stay activated.

I have a kerosene heater that gets used in the garage to warm it up in order to do laundry (my garage can get pretty cold LOL). I've used it during power outages to warm food and water for coffee so guess I'll just stick to using that. That along with the gas BBQ grill seems to be the best options. Always looking for an easier way though and the heat warmers seemed to be the ticket .. oh well.
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Get a battery operated, portable air pump....
It's abit late now, but in future for black outs thats all you'll need and can do.


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Old 11-01-2012, 01:49 PM   #71
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I tried the heated bottle approach, I used orange juice huge plastic containers along with mouthwash and more, it was not enough to keep my 60 warm or even to heat it up.

I believe my Son's 6 gallon tank did fine with that approach, but for larger tanks, no. I still had hot water so I did water changes to bring the temperature back up.

I got power up last night, and today, I still see a bunch of berried RCS swimming around, so I guess the fish and shrimp are more hardy than we make them out to be.

Every speck of algae is gone though from my tank, after 3 days. So its a good thing?
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:39 PM   #72
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Watch carefully for ich over the next few days. I've never figured where it may come from but just a good time to be extra watchful for that as well as any ammonia spikes that might be coming.
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This is my plants and glosso standing tall after a few days of no light, going vertical looking for light.
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