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Re: Re: Water changes/N & O2 / fish load
> Fish use it up quite fast as we all know on the APD (how long after the
> power goes out will my fish all die?). Based on weight and mass, fish use
> far more O2 than the equal amount of plants.
Another blunder. Last night for the first time, ever, I forgot to turn the
strip back on which powers 2 filters on two separate tanks, and the heaters
for each tank. (Lighting is independently powered on a timer). I began
turning off the filters during feeding a few months ago because I have fry in
one tank and I noticed it was helpful in the other tank because it alerted
the fish (some recently acquired) when it was mealtime, to look up for food;
otherwise they wouldn't find it. Plant growth in that tank has gotten very
dense through lack of pruning and basic neglect, and they have to purposely
come up looking for it to get anything. Anyway, whenever the power shuts
down, they all come swimming up from the depths, looking for gruel--and they
wait there patiently till it comes.
Anyway, I woke up in a panic today remembering that I never turned the
filters & heaters back on after feeding. Fearing to find masses of bodies
floating, I raced to find them still looking around expectantly--by this time
the lights were back on--and otherwise fine. The temperature had even dropped
on both tanks significantly. It was probably about a 14 hour period of time,
during, for the most part, lights out.