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    Posted: May 01 2016 at 9:44am
Powers been out since 3 this morning anybody know where a can buy a battery powered air pump thanks
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I used an inverter that hooked up to my car when the power was out - I was able to power circulation pumps and heater during the time power was down. Like this one I'm sure you can find one similar at Walmart. 

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I found mine at a Petsmart a couple years ago.
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If the tank is in a room with a window, open the blinds/drapes completely so that sunlight, even indirect sunlight can reach the tank. The power of sunlight is amazing. It will keep the algae growing/photosynthesizing to provide dissolved Oxygen for all the animals. If there is a Refugium, open the doors to help save the Refugium. Also place most of the Macroalgae up in the display. This will provide enough O2 for the animals, coral, fish, inverts, etc., to hang on to life during this temporary time of stagnant water.

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Is the power back on? How did things work out? 

For anyone reading this, we have a discussion about 'power outage", preparing for it and surviving it, listed in the Reefkeeping Tips. Smile

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No power is still out I just went and borrowed my father in laws generator so everything seems to be doing fine thanks for all the help and advice
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Wait.  Are you at around 18 hour no power?  That is a long time.  1-2 hours don't worry about it.  2-5 hours, you'll need to stir the tank and check temperature.  But when you're talking 12 hours+ we're looking at generators etc.

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Yep been out since 3am and won't be back on till tomorrow sometime is what the power company said so i have it on a generator
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Yes, I'm seen as being crazy and some people cannot believe I'm actually telling the truth, but that's not my concern.  I've had pumps off for a whole day, so no circulation for 24 hours and yet everything was out and looked pretty good the entire time. It's all in the power of sunlight and algae. Algae is the basis of all life on this earth.

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Mark, 50 gallon tank, lots of algae, two damsels = no problem.
50 gallon tank, no algae, 40 Wrasse, 20 angels = massive death.

Tell you what, let's ask Shane what happens when you have half a day without circulation.

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Adam, you are absolutely right, and you really do have a flair for the dramatic. Wink Those 60 fish in a 50 gal tank?!!! certain Dead


I'm not the only WMAS hobbyist that makes use of natural sunlight and that doesn't overstock their tank, right? I make it a practice to know my tanks limitations and if overstocked, provide battery backup, a generator, an extension cord to a power inverter on a car battery or the ideal solution, the Auto ON AC/battery powered air pump for just $13. Smile 

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Again, there is no sunlight at 3am.


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Yes, I know, we expect the O2:CO2 ratio to change and pH to drop, but the animals make it through the night just the same. I can't explain it. Maybe there is another benefit to daytime sunlight/good algal growth that is at work here? I don't know. I just know it works for me, a crazy old hippie hobbyist that likes to stir up the establishment.

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