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Joined: 09 Mar 2010

PostPosted: 2011.11.17(Thu)20:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually did end up losing 2 otos from my 30 gal community tank. I didn't worry when I couldn't find one of them the first few days after the power was back on - in a heavily planted tank that's not very suprising. However, I spotted a newly dead oto a few days ago and now I can only count 2 when I search (there were 4 originally), so I'm pretty sure that a second one must have died & been eaten during the outage itself. I'm assuming that their issue was more with the stress of the cooler temps & 7 days in the dark, as this tank never had any measurable ammonia.

Overall, I never ended up with any water quality issues once the power came back on - no ammonia or nitrite spike at all once the filters were back up & running. The cherry barb that was looking odd is back to normal as well. Go figure! Smile
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Location: Western North Carolina, USA

PostPosted: 2012.05.11(Fri)20:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

My power was out for only 1 1/2 days. I lost no fish and water parameters are 0 nitrites and ammonia. I too removed filter media into a bucket of tank water. I was told to get those packaged hand/foot warmers. The kind you shake to activate. they get up to 130 deg F. I put them in plastic containers and floated them in my 10 and 20 gallons tanks and in bucket with media. They kept temps up in the normal range. I did wrap tanks to hold in heat. used battery aeration and stopped feeding. when power came back on I tested everyday for 10 days. No spike and all fish survived. Those little hand/foot warmers were a good investment.I keep quite a supply on hand. Glad to hear most of you did very well with few casualties.
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