Power failure related topics
Subject: Power failure related topics
> Thanks to "severe weather" I lost power at 3 am last night. What
> severe weather in this part of California is about 36 hours of r
> sure glad it doesn't snow here, given the responsiveness of the
> After having to put bottles filled with hot water in my tanks ev
> so trying to keep the temperature healthy, it got me wondering
> 1. Are there battery powered heaters? Probably won't last too lo
> My apartment doesn't have a gas furnace so I can't just turn
> 2. What happens to solenoid valves for CO2 injectors when the po
> My yeast reactor is the only piece of equipment still working
> 3. Short of getting a UPS, what can be done?
> For those of you in colder places, hope you're better prepared t
> It wasn't so bad, but I sure could use some sleep...
I live in cold and snowy New England, where power outages are
common occurances. My routine is that _the minute_ the power goes
out, I get out a bunch of old down comforters and blankets, and
totally wrap up every tank. If the power is out more than about
an hour, we crank up the wood stove. While this would not last
indefinietly, of course, immediately wrapping the tanks does cut
down on heat loss tremendously.
Most plants and fish are quite resilient as well. My tanks have
occassionally dipped as low as 60F for short periods of time with
no losses. I suspect that the fact that both fish and plants are
in tip top shape to start with helps them "weather" adversity.
A few people I know with power dependent marine tanks have Honda
generators to keep the electricity going to their tanks in
emergencies. (Us horse folk would rather use it to pump water out
of the well. ;-)
Aquatic Gardeners Assoc.