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Power go out?
A few years ago the power went out from a ice storm. The first night I wasn't
too concerned because the power is usually restored pretty quickly around
here. The next morning I went and check on the temperatures of my tanks and
was scared stiff. They were all in the high 60's and dropping fast. After
hearing that the power company was expecting to restore power in 5-10 days
I had to act fast. I started bringing hot water from my moms house across
town 3 times a day. This kept the temperature in the mid to low 70's and I
thought that was pretty good considering it was getting into the 40's in my
house. After 2 days I moved my family to my moms house but the tanks had to
stay home. I came up with the idea of boiling water in canning jars and putting
those in the tanks as make-shift heaters. This worked quite well. I only had
to do this 2 times a day and it kept the temperature around 78F. It also lessened
the chance of frying my fish with the hot water being poured in and the constant
draining water and treating the new water. With all the power concerns around
the country right now hopefully this will help someone some time. Out of 3
tanks and over 20 fish I lost 1 due to the power outage. thats pretty good
considering I have lost more fish due to the fact that my daughter feeds my
fish tuna fish sandwiches "cause there hungry".