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Old 11-01-2012, 04:41 AM   #1
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Anyone else eating s**t due to the hurricane? Im fighting to keep my tanks above.60 degrees.. we have a generator so for part of the day i keep the tank filters heaters and air running but its off at night and during the morning since we power the water heater to shower instead.. and its too loud to run at night.. using fire place for heat and im on the second floor fortunately so tanks stayin above 64 as of now. We have a gas stove so i boiled water to heat the tanks as much as possible when the heaters are off. Fish and shrimp are alright for now. Day 3 is over time for day 4 no power.. apparently well be out til nov 5th and gas is gonna run out in nj at this rate. Good thing i gassed up my trucks before the storm. No damage to the house fortunately! No flooding either(not much rain like we had with irene, and far enough from the river to avoid the surges)
Hope everyone else is alright.
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P.s. dang having no power suckss
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:58 AM   #2
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how do you post if you have no power?
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:03 AM   #3
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Gw bridge nj here. Just got power back an hr ago. I had hot water so I changed out water once a day. I also put in plastic bottles with hot water in tanks. My 60 survived. My sons 6 survived. My daughters 20l with 2 turtles and a cichlid made it. 3 days. 65 degrees or less. Fish eating tonight

My amano shrimps turned copper color after 3 days of darkness

All my plants are straight up. My glosso carpet grew 1 inch and all of it us straight up now. Argh.

All my algae is gone. All of it.

All my fish and shrimps made it, even those damn pond snails.

I turned on my lights, left co2 off. Within 3 seconds all the plants started to pearl in a steady stream. Not sure how the filter is. Will do tests tomorrow and look for ick?

Hope my berried Rcs didn't drop its load.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:04 AM   #4
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how do you post if you have no power?
He said he had a generator so I assume he charges his cell phone.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:09 AM   #5
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He said he had a generator so I assume he charges his cell phone.

Yea i charged my phone during the day. At&t is down but i have verizon which still has cell towers up so i got internet on my cell.
Plus starbucks nd a few big brand stores got generators so you could charge stuff there.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:10 AM   #6
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Im more worried about my yellow neos than my fish. But worried about both regardless. Its pretty cold haha
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:13 AM   #7
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If your tanks are at around 64, shrimp will be fine. Especially neos
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64 actually felt ice cold to me when I put my arm n the tank. I was surprised it was only 64 degrees. People recommending wrapping the tank in towels. But for my large tank, it seem like a lot of work.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:36 AM   #9
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My tanks are in the low 50s now in Union County NJ, I'm at work on night shift and can't do squat. Goodbye Fish : (

Made it thru last Halloween's storm with only one shrimp death, but I'm not even returning to the house now (at 47 degrees) until power is restored I think. I've been doing water changes in the buckets with canister media in them every 12 hours but at this point it feels like a lost cause with 5 days of no power remaining expected. : (

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:39 PM   #10
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I average about a month of being without power during winter storms and with annual tornado damage. Have never lost a fish or shrimp with tanks in the 50s.

Neos are especially hardy and mine almost always survive the winter in a container pond where several inches of the top water freezes. Internal temps often get to the high 40s for a few weeks.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:50 PM   #11
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My tanks are in the low 50s now in Union County NJ, I'm at work on night shift and can't do squat. Goodbye Fish : (

Made it thru last Halloween's storm with only one shrimp death, but I'm not even returning to the house now (at 47 degrees) until power is restored I think. I've been doing water changes in the buckets with canister media in them every 12 hours but at this point it feels like a lost cause with 5 days of no power remaining expected. : (

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Dont give up! That number is way overestimated so they dont piss people off. Certain areas got power in my town already. If you have a gas stove you could keep that on to try and warm up the place a bit.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:58 PM   #12
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I hate to even mention it because it may just cause a lot of depression but the timeline on power returning may not be quite right.
When I've gone into hurricane damaged ares, the power being restored is a pretty routine affair but it is still a real question when things will come back. That is done by folks who do this restoration on a pretty common basis. They have massive numbers of poles, transformers, and all the small parts stocked in advance. When I think of what the Northeast will have had on hand, I shudder.
With this storm, even seasoned crews would have a major struggle. Take into account that New England does not do this very often and you can see that there may be massive confusion. That massive transformer shown burning on TV is not something one can just run out and buy. Those are often engineered and built for specific uses.

Be patient and be aware that they will get it back as soon as they can. But also be aware that elected officials will tend to paint a rosie picture. When making decisions, like whether to stay or leave, do some real thinking on your own. If you look out and there is not a power pole standing on your block, don't count on power by the end of the week. They may still be in Minnesota cutting the trees! If it's an underground transformer, they have to pump out the water first. Just figure on things going slow.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:21 PM   #13
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My community tank got down to mid 60's, but everyone seesm to have come through ok.

My shrimp tank at work was without power longer, the shrimp all seem to have come through ok - the only causalities seem to have been that without supplemental feeding my assassin snails ate my ramshorns (but left the damn pond snails!)


Hoping everyone that is still without power can recover their tanks with as minor losses as possible. I have red wag platies overwhelming my tank if anyone wants them after this is over!
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:18 PM   #14
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We finally got our hands on a generator and I hooked up filter/powerhead/heater/and my nighttime light. Temps were down under 50, fish were probably running out of oxygen after almost 3 days of stagnant water in a 29G.

Temp is now back to mid 70s and the fish seem happy. Projected to get power back by tonight, most of the area has power again. So seem to be out of the woods so far.

That being said, being in the woods in the first place was the problem. Three trees ended up putting a nice big dent in our roof, blah.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:22 AM   #15
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We got lucky.. no flooding or damage at my house.
Certain parts in town and most neighboring areas have power so it wont be long hopefully. Our town got hit nowhere near as hard as the shore. A few downed lines/poles but nothing insane. Probably 4 or 5 within the few miles ive driven.
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