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Old 04-27-2013, 09:02 PM   #1 
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No Electricity= No heater!

Don't worry, my electric is working, but for future possibilities I wanted to ask everyone what is the best thing to do if your electric goes out and you are worried about your aquarium temperatures dropping rapidly.

I would think wrapping tanks in towels would help with insulation, but that wouldn't last very long.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:06 PM   #2 
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hmm, maybe a hot water bag and just place it against the side of the tank?
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:14 PM   #3 
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get a heavier blanket... drape and wrap this keeps the heat from escaping... remember in an hour or so let in new air and recover
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:18 PM   #4 
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I would suggest having a battery operated outlet adaptor by the fish stuff (make sure not to get it wet, though!) I'm not sure if that is what they are called....you know, the little boxes with the outlets on them that are battery operated? I'm sure I just made a fool out of myself with that explanation... oh well!
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These are definitely good ideas. I would probably go with the heavy blankets if I ever need to, it would be cheap and decently effective
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:27 PM   #6 
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These are definitely good ideas. I would probably go with the heavy blankets if I ever need to, it would be cheap and decently effective
+1! It is great that you thought of this. This could really help someone in the future!
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:34 PM   #7 
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+1! It is great that you thought of this. This could really help someone in the future!
Thanks to both of you :) I know I had to do that once... it kept the heat in very well. It does drop by very slowly so it doesnt harm the babies... I have a few extras on hand of different sizes to cover my various sized tanks that are scattered around the house XD
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:48 PM   #8 
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I have link bookmarked on how to make a long term battery backup but I can't post it here because it's an article from a reef forum. I will PM the link if you'd like.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:48 PM   #9 
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Could also get those hand warmer things from rec stores to add to the blankets. Could help in conditions where there is no power and it is cold to boot.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:50 PM   #10 
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If you live in a cold climate it is a good chance that your electricity may go out for over 24 hours because of a bad storm. If it happens once you will wish you had a generator and not just for the fish. They will start at a few hundred dollars. Some of the battery packs don't last for that long. I will look into some.
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