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I know that you all think this Y2K stuff is nonsense, but I have been busy trying to prepare for it. I've got 1000 gallons of LP gas, 7 truckloads of firewood, a backup generator, lots of food, and water.
Being in the country, we lose power frequently. About 10 years ago, we had an ice storm and we were without power for a week. My tanks froze solid and busted. Most of the fish that survived were sterile. We were finally heating the house with the gas stove and got such a bad case of carbon monoxide poisining that we all got cranky and sick. Last year we lost power, phone, water, and heat for two days during the big blizzard. If I remember correctly, about 3 years ago a bunch of Canadian club members lost all their fish to a power outage. A recent article in our local paper mentioned the possiblitly of Y2K viruses and terrorists who might intentionally cause problems disguised as Y2K.
Here are a few words of advice. It is easier to move eggs than fish so have a back up plan for moving the eggs to a warmer spot. If your tanks are going to freeze solid, drain them. When it warms up again, feed very lightly. Your fish will not be hungry, and your biological filtration will not be working. Have your pumps above the tanks so that the water cannot back siphon into the pumps and ruin them. You may be able to buy airline check valves to serve this same purpose. Make a point of distributing fry of your favorite fish to friends before Y2K.
I honestly hope that I am being overly cautious. Hope to hear from everyone in the new millinium. bob
P.S. Just got my BNL. Congratulations to the new board members. Good luck.
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