Lots of small point that will change the way to deal with the problem.
I would say the closed filter will certainly be a mess so I would open it for sure. But then what to do to maintain as much bacteria as possible will depend on how the rest of life works for you. Home a lot, have lots of access to right temperature water? I might leave the media in some type bag hanging in the tank and do water changes to keep a fair amount of bacteria alive.
If that is not an option, are friends tanks available to hang some media. Say hang half in their tanks and then swap out some with them. This may be true test of friendship, though!
A neighbor close enough to run a cord across jut to get power to the tank would be great. I work hard to help my neighbors at any time. That also works for me to be able to lean on them when I need it.
Depending on lots of details like finance, comfort levels, etc, etc, looking into rental generators might make it possible to avoid lots of grief in moving out, moving fish and dumping out the frig?
Last edited by PlantedRich; 08-19-2016 at 07:25 PM.