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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 07:57 PM
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I live in a forest pretty much and power outages are a part of life whenever there are windstorms or ice. If it's for less than 12 hours, I don't really even check my freshwater tanks other than visually. It's happened an awful lot of times and has never been an issue. After Hurricane Ivan I was without power or running water for 10 days. I lost quite a bit on the saltwater side including a whole mature reef tank. But to my surprise I lost few freshwater fish. I was able to get a generator which I ran the powerheads and filters on for 30 minute increments a few times a day. Tanks got quite cool but no ich or major losses. I'm guessing mature planted tanks will withstand this much better than your typical fish aquarium.
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Good to know! I can't imagine how upsetting it would be to lose a whole mature tank like that! We're lucky that we're right in town and somehow, even when much of the city loses it's electricity we are almost never affected. Sunday evening they power company had 2 simultaneous equipment failures, at substations! Boy were a lot of people outside, as their houses turned into hot, clammy tombs!
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Oh certainly, one factor that could change all of that real quickly is rising temps! Luckily I've avoided any instances of losing power during sweltering heat. And yeah, losing that reef tank killed my passion for that side of the hobby.

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Glad to see you feel more at ease now, OP!

Need to add a bit about newer/modern UPS devices: They don't fall into uselessness like devices of yesteryear. A decent one can be had for about $50, will easily last 4-5 years before an affordable replacement battery has to be purchased. They're not for everyone but they're great for some.

They can be lifesavers for people in cities who can't operate generators. Don't have to run filters/air pumps all the time. Can be easily operated in intervals. For someone who only has a couple tanks and wants to keep things semi-decent for a few days, it could be well worth it. Bonus points if it has USB ports for charging phones or operating small USB fans for evaporative cooling.
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Glad to see you feel more at ease now, OP!

Need to add a bit about newer/modern UPS devices: They don't fall into uselessness like devices of yesteryear. A decent one can be had for about $50, will easily last 4-5 years before an affordable replacement battery has to be purchased. They're not for everyone but they're great for some.

They can be lifesavers for people in cities who can't operate generators. Don't have to run filters/air pumps all the time. Can be easily operated in intervals. For someone who only has a couple tanks and wants to keep things semi-decent for a few days, it could be well worth it. Bonus points if it has USB ports for charging phones or operating small USB fans for evaporative cooling.
I might look into one eventually -- we haven't had a power outage that lasted more than a few hours in...years? ever? We've been here for almost 14 years now. We might have had a bad ice storm that had them out for a day, but that would have been the most, I think!

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Oh certainly, one factor that could change all of that real quickly is rising temps! Luckily I've avoided any instances of losing power during sweltering heat. And yeah, losing that reef tank killed my passion for that side of the hobby.
Luckily, up here in Michigan our sweltering days have only been in the mid-high 80's so far...we don't get much higher than 90 anymore (knock on wood!). I have a friend who was considering putting her reef tank back together -- I swear she almost sounded relieved when she realized the tank stand was damaged so she couldn't do it for a while, at least!
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