RE: NANFA-L-- backup systems for aquaria

Dave Neely (
Wed, 26 Jul 2006 09:05:38 -0500

The power came back on yesterday. Thanks to everyone that responded, y'all
had some really good suggestions. I don't keep many tanks because I have a
tendency to spend a couple weeks or months-in-a time in the field. I already
have a couple of inverters, but didn't have any spare 12V batteries around
other than the one in my car. That's probably the cheapest short-term backup

I unplugged all systems while they were down and cleaned filters, didn't
feed, and ran the mino-mizer until the power came back on. Most of my tanks
are in an unfinished concrete basement so the temps stayed relatively low;
all losses (two logperch, some bigeye and bleeding shiners, and a couple
SRBD) occurred the second day (before the temperature dropped) in a heavily
planted tank upstairs that reached about 33 C. In hindsight, I should have
moved them into coolers and taken them down to the basement.

Again, thanks for all the feedback.

along the Mississippi,
St. Louis, MO
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