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Old 06-05-2011, 08:27 PM   #11 
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Engineers, here's your BIG chance to make lots of $$.... (I get half when you get rich because it's my idea... lol)....

You've heard of a "hovercraft"..... well, how about a Hover'Quarium!

Super-duper air jets positioned around the base of your tank make it hover over your table or stand. :)

(wait.... I haven't figured out yet what to do when the stand goes crashing down and the tank now has nowhere to "land". Maybe it gently hovers and sets itself down on the floor. Hmm)

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Old 06-05-2011, 08:38 PM   #12 
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Yeah, I wonder what the Monterey Bay Aquarium does. There's also a smaller aquarium in San Francisco. I don't remember what happened to that in the '89 quake there. I do know the building was damaged so they renovated it but no one said anything about the actual fish.

But consider, even if a betta tank survived an 8.0 quake, what about afterward? No power for the heater or filter, probably no clean water for changes. And I'm not sure, the shock of the quake itself could kill a little betta outright as they get sloshed around, possibly banging against the glass multiple times. It's a grim scenario.
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:39 PM   #13 
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Engineers, here's your BIG chance to make lots of $$.... (I get half when you get rich because it's my idea... lol)....

You've heard of a "hovercraft"..... well, how about a Hover'Quarium!

Super-duper air jets positioned around the base of your tank make it hover over your table or stand. :)

(wait.... I haven't figured out yet what to do when the stand goes crashing down and the tank now has nowhere to "land". Maybe it gently hovers and sets itself down on the floor. Hmm)
Hey, nice. Would work well for water changes. It can just hover right over to the sink so you don't have to lug buckets around. And if you have to evacuate, it can hover along behind you.
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:43 PM   #14 
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:48 PM   #15 
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"And if you have to evacuate, it can hover along behind you."

That would be a cool concept anyway... taking your fish for a walk! :)

I might just write those Aquariums out in CA, to find out what their contingencies were...
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:24 PM   #16 
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They have those really strong Comman Hook brand velcro-type things for surfaces.. For smaller tanks, like 5 gallons and under, it'd probably at least keep it from lurching off the table, or fast enough to not catch it. They managed to keep my white board (large, with only 2 fasteners) on my door even when my drunk friend decided hanging off of it was a GREAT idea (sigh), with no damage to the door. They came off fairly easily, as well!

(similar to this, they have big and small ones)
http://www.epinions.com/review/3M_Sm...t_421639720580
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:10 PM   #17 
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Growing up My father had 3 different 200+ gallon saltwater tanks, We lived about 15miles from the San Andreas Main Fault line. We had a number of 5.0+ earthquakes at that home. All the tanks were the same. The only real problem was the rolling blackouts in California during the late 90s and early 00s. Filter down for 24 hours is a bit uh-oh. The glass thick enough to hold the water within a little shake won't do much. Only falling debris will be a problem. Or if the tank is on a really weak stand. Think of how heavy, I mean 1gallon is roughly 8 pounds, so can an earthquake throw you off your bed in the middle of the night?
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:52 PM   #18 
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Very good point, thePWNISHER. I'd say the biggest danger of an earthquake is the falling debris and the resulting power losses. I imagine a filter down in a saltwater tank created havoc. :/
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yah about $500 in fish later my father purchased a backup genearator just for the tanks. Lost most of the sensitive and rare fish.
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Ouch. That's too bad. And saltwater fish are so gorgeous too. Did he keep corals as well?
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