I think it's all over

Discussion in 'Tank Emergency' started by Pntbll687, May 16, 2018 at 12:35 AM.

  1. Pntbll687

    Pntbll687 Active Member

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    So we had some pretty bad storms today. Power has been out since 4pm, it's now after midnight.

    Electric supplier has estimated power return time at 11pm on 5/17. That's two more days!!!

    I don't have a battery back up on my tank. I'm stirring water by hand every 2 hrs. But it's all over, I have to work tomorrow, and when I get back they'll all be gone
     
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    Kevinkmk Active Member

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    Maybe you can go buy a generator
     
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    Palyzoa Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award ETRC Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Sorry to hear this :( No battery operated air pumps either I'm assuming?
     
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    Anyone you know have a car inverter or can you grab one from Wal-Mart or another place? Not much and it sucks burning gas but it's a short term fix till you can get something better
     
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    Not at the moment

    I could buy a generator in the morning, but I doubt it would run long enough for me to go to work and back.
     
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    Do you have a family member or friend that could stop by halfway thru the day to top off the gas on the generator?
     
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    I could get one in the morning, but it's gonna be two more days of no power.

    I can handle no sleep and stirring water when I'm home, I have a one year old so no sleep is the norm.
     
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    Most of them can run for 8 to 10’hours at half load . You should be able to refill when you get back from work.
     
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    Even the smallest generators will run for atleast 8 hours on one tank, you could also buy an extended run tank. And even running the car for half an hour will be immensely better than stirring. If on the VERY off chance you have a spare 12V car battery kicking around an inverter will run a single air pump for quite a looonnngggg time.

    #Reefsquad #DIYSquad
     
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    Not over yet!

    On my way to Walmart for a generator
     
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    I have a buddy that gravity fed a gas tank to the genny main tank using a small tube.. he could run for days like that..
     
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    I think everything will be ok.

    I have the generator running 1 return pump and heater on the big tank.

    And a car battery with inverter running a power head and heater on the small tank

    Good night, well an hour nap before I have to get up again
     
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    Please keep us updated. Hop all goes well.
     
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    If you are in MA. I have 2 battery operated air pumps, air plate stones, 24' of air lines, and a bunch of batteries you can borrow.
     
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    And that right there is why this is such an awesome forum to be a part of:) @Pntbll687 it sounds like you've got yourself covered for now, let us know how things go from here and if you have any more questions.

    What type of battery do you have running the heater off the inverter??? Also what type of generator did you manage to pick up?
     
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    I hope everything works out.
     
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    I hope it all works out too. I was able to keep a full blown SPS tank alive for a full week after Hurricane Irma last year using a generator. Unfortunately I ran out of gas after a week (no gas available in the lower FL Keys for several weeks), and we did not have power for 27 days, so Irma won in the end... having a generator is always a good backup plan though.
     
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    Thanks for the offer!! But I'm all the way down in North East PA.
     
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    I have a car battery ( Walmart brand) on the inverter. I got the tank up to Temp, then unhooked the heater, and wrapped a towel around the tank when I left for work, to try and save the battery. I'm home now for a bit and plugged the heater back in, Temp was only down 3 degrees.

    Generator is a power mate cx3500, running a mag12 pump and 800watt heater.

    All fish that I can see are alive. The only fish I haven't seen is a fire fish in the small tank. But he might just be hiding.

    Power company says power possibly back on by 330 today.
     
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    Great to hear! I am a firm believer that a generator is almost a must have for a Reef tank. I live in a mobile home park that is separate from the municipal power grid. The inverts blew up one night and I lost power for 5 days. Thankfully I had a Honda eu2000 that ran both of my tanks (a 110 and a 50) with lights and all for a solid 8-10 hours before needing to be refilled.
     
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