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Struggle with power outage

My power went out on Thursday (12/14/2006) at night and the power hasnít yet been restored.
I have 4 tanks (50, 25, 18, 3) and a beta tank. Until now the only loss was the beta that had a swim bladder problem. My wife and I had been keeping the tanks warm through water changes. Fortunately we have hot water. Also there is a gas stove on the room where the tanks are. We also have battery operated air pumps. Let me just state those are life savers. At least fish life savers. The issue is that I do not want to keep the gas stove unattended. We havenít left the house much. We stayed in the dark with some flashlights. Good opportunity to catch-up on the postponed readings. We also keep an alarm clock on during the night to monitor the temperature and the stove. We are kind of tired now. Even with all the water changes it has been difficult to control the ammonia. You have to balance the food. It has been 5 days and you have to give the fish some food. They are lethargic due the low temperature and darkness.

Yesterday we decided to bite the bullet and buy a generator after the utility company schedule for power restoration on my neighborhood: ďlikely will continue late into the week, perhaps Friday or SaturdayĒ.
The issue is that it is not easy to find a generator in the Seattle-Tacoma area nowadays. We finally found one through the CraigsList.
The generator was plugged tonight and now the tanks have heater and filter. I assume that all the bacteria in the filters are dead now. Tomorrow morning I will check the ammonia and see if the tanks need another water change.
At least now I have internet and TV. The generator was $500 and it is noisy but it is well worth it.


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I hear ya. that power out got me as well. I lost a few fish. luckly power came back on. cause hot water ran out and it got very tireing to warm pots of water over the fire place flame. Good find on the generator.
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Try the hand warming heating packs for hunting at Walmart or K-mart, You pop them, shake them then put them in a frezzer bag. Then float them. I used them for 2 days when my power was out. They work for about 6 to 8 hrs.
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Blacksunshine:
I also live in Bellevue. Sorry for the fish loss.

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That is a great idea. THX.


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Try the hand warming heating packs for hunting at Walmart or K-mart, You pop them, shake them then put them in a frezzer bag. Then float them. I used them for 2 days when my power was out. They work for about 6 to 8 hrs.
that is a great idea. and one that I actually did have. Sadly. By the time that dawned on me everywhere in a 50mile radius was totally out of any decent kind of supplies.

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I also live in Bellevue. Sorry for the fish loss.

soh15:
That is a great idea. THX.
Sweet another bellevue person. we should hang out sometime. and Ehh .. Stuff happens. None were "rare" or hard to get replacements. Just frustrating is all.


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