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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-20-2018, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Preparing for Hurricane Season

So I live in South Texas and everyone is nervous about this year's hurricane season after the devastation of Harvey. I'm worried about my fish tank because I don't think it can survive an 8 day power outage. How can I prepare for this season? I don't have a large budget but I don't mind spending some money to protect my babies in case of a power outage at any time.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-21-2018, 12:04 AM
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Good on you, sir, for the simple act of thinking ahead gets you some real valuable points!!
I've been fortunate enough to not be in hurricane path but I have dealt with stormbreak trips and restoring things does take a long time. Forever when dealing with it daily.
But the folks I see coping best seem to find things that serve multiple purposes. Keeping fish happy may be low on the scale but they can fit in with the "vital" stuff we really need/ want.
For lower budget but still making life half worthwhile, I find a small generator stored somewhere can be a lifesaver.
Since it is a budget item that may not be needed, I go for a low price, even if it is only used once. For under a hundred, you can get one large enough to run a number of things that really matter. Filters? Maybe but more important for the fish is getting some warm water so one that can power a small hotplate can be a real thrill when you want a warm meal or a cup of coffee. You may not get one to run more than a single item at a time but simple things like a warm meal and charging a cell phone can really be great news. Since hurricanes are usually seen ahead of time, wait to get the gas until a week or so away but then do have plenty on hand.
The neighbors may want to come over to the house with a single light bulb burning!!!

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If its priority a geny is best. Battery operated air pumps while your filter media is in the tank maybe. Dont want to leave it stagnant. I've heard of people going through it for a defined amount of time with nothing. I'll wait for a response for that.
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Would power generators be fine?

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