A reoccurring problem with my aquariums gets a minor fix for a long term solution. A lot of the times, its the smallest changes that bring the biggest changes. no more being unprepared.

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  1. +The king of DIY I have like a 30*15*15 inches tank and have like 15 tetras and 6 shrimps in it .I feed my fish at night and when i do so i shut off everything ( filters , air supply ,heaters )and turn it back on in the morning .So my fish are kind of used to having no air supply for about 7 hrs . And I live in India where it is not as cold as Canada . And as popular belief for non-Indians ,I do not face much power outages .P.S – I love your channel

  2. m gandpa and i set up small space to store the genorator near his house and installed a house disnecer that held the cord so all he had to do was open up and unspool the extension cord it takes up minimal space and its always ready to go you just have to rebember to take the genrator out of the ill call it a micro shed

  3. Rather than a generator, I prefer a small battery bank, trickle charger and 2 inverters. One inverter is a modified sine wave inverter for a "dirty" power source for heaters, motors etc. and a pure sine wave inverter for electronics.  You can easily size the battery bank to run for a specific amount of time, and the inverters can be sized to the load. A 1kW modified sine wave inverter and a 250 watt pure sine wave inverter will take care of a lot of equipment. If power goes out a lot for a short duration, this is a great system. If power goes out for a week at a time, then you need to add a generator to recharge the batteries as needed or add a lot of extra batteries. Higher up front costs, but no gas containers or noisy generators running.

  4. Just subscribed but have been watching for a while. I'm impressed by how detailed you are about everything. You pull out a generator yet list links to your own videos explaining how people without one can get by who don't have one. Very impressive.

  5. Does anyone have any tips for someone new to the hobby, as far as power outages are concerned. Good quick care advice as being a novice and not having the same equipment resources as more established fish keepers

  6. I run two power strips for all my equipment. Each cord is labeled with what the equipment is and each power strip is labeled as being Vital or Non-vital in a power outage. These are then color coded red(vital) or green(Non-vital) that way if I'm gone and have someone taking care of my system it's an easy way for them to power what's needed. Just plug in the Vital power strip and everything is back to normal.

  7. I came across your videos randomly, as I started getting into fish keeping about a year ago and just learned that you live in Nova Scotia, Canada! I live in Nova Scotia as well, Cape Breton actually! Just thought it was pretty cool considering Nova Scotia is such a small province! 😛 Keep it up with the videos, I learn and get so much inspiration from you! 🙂 <3

  8. Great video and advice, during a power outage I have in the past put thick blankets over my tanks to keep the heat in, you have to take care to make sure they don't make contact with water or sources of heat, as you dont want them soaking up water or causing a fire.

  9. Hi Joey , just thought I'd sahre what I've done for power outages . Obviously I bought a generator , but for ease of use , I ran an extension cord thru the dry wall in the corner of my living room , next to the living room I have a utility room , just a small room about the size of a bathroom , 10 feet x 6 feet , it used to have a hot water service inthere , but now thats been moved outside , so I have a 'fish room' albeit a small one . I also use it to store my tools in a cupboard , and have a 200 litre , and a 75 litre aquarium in there. Back to the generator , the extension cord has a male plug on one end that plugs into the genny , and I mounted a power outlet on the other end and fixed that to the wall in the living room , near to where the TV , stereo etc all plugs in , the other end goes into the room next door . and then outside , where I keep it rolled up and ready to plug into the generator . From there it's a simple matter of just wheeling the genny out of the 'fish room' and into the carport , which is fully enclosed , but with plenty of ventilation . So basically its just a matter of stoke it up and then run an extension cord to the tanks in the living room , and another into the fish room (the genny has 2 outlets) .It's a fairly beefy unit and will run the fridge , freezer , tv , all the aquariums ……..and of course the modem and computer ………..heaven forbid no internet 😀 . OK …now the funny side, I did all this about 2 years ago when the power went out for 3 days after a severe storm , but sporadic power outages were usually a fairly common occurance ….that is , until I spent 700 bucks on a generator , which since I've had it , yep ..not one power outage in 2 and a bit years lol

  10. Number One Tip: Move to a location where there are no power outages. I live in Germany and can't remember the last power out, must have been in the ninetees. but I'm getting a used UPS to run my air pump for filtration soon just to be prepped (at 15w for the pump a medium size UPS should give me a day more or less to figure things out and I don't need to plug anything)

  11. Hey Joey your videos have been such a help. I have a question, how long do you let super glue cure before it can be placed in the tank? I'm gluing rocks together to hold my avatar floating rocks in place plzzzz help. lol thx in advance.

  12. I would use different colored tape for labeling and denote one color for needs generator so there is no need to even read what each one is. Just grab all the designated color plugs and connect to the genny and done.

  13. I have cords tagged too, but I have them color coded. Green tape for items that NEED to be plugged in, blue tape for simple identification. That way, when I am trying to find that plug in the dark, under a desk with a flashlight, I don't have to worry about reading the tag, I just move the green ones…

  14. A couple of years ago a two week power outage in the dead of winter absolutely ruined my tanks after giving up on continues water changes, ice cream tubs with with hot water to try and keep the temps from going to low I ended up giving my babies away just so they could live. I were broken hearted especially after a guy came to fetch my Black ghost knife fish and my spiny eel both of them ate out of my hands and came to greet me when I walked into the room.

    I ended up getting rid of everything because I didn't want to go through something like that again. But a couple of months ago my dad gave us is older generator when he bought a bigger one. My hubby actually went and bought me a tank for my birthday this year so I'm slowly getting into things again.

    I don't know much about electrical stuff but because my dad and hubby are into the electronic industry they help me out with that stuff. My dad says that the generator will be able to run my tanks for 12 hours on a full tank of fuel. Only reason I'm willing to get back into the fish thing again

  15. Hey Joey, just an FYI. If you are going to store your generator for an extended period of time, instead of turning the gen off with the switch, you should turn the fuel off so it cleans out all of your fuel lines.

  16. Think the tesla home hubs will start selling since hurricane matthew. Having an automated system do this no fuss helps the majority of people as an efficient "just in case"

  17. very informative for a lot of people who have to go through power outages. living in the Pacific Northwest I have had to deal with my share of them. being prepared is key Thanks for the vid.

  18. I had 32 hours without power last week. I ran my filters/return pump off an inverter from the dual battery in my 4wd. When I ran the engine I would also run the heaters on my small tanks. Then I borrowed mums generator for awhile.

  19. I'm lucky. I live less than a mile from the power plant. When I did have a tank, I didn't worry about extended power outages, because the longest need may have been 12 hours. That was because of a major car accident effecting the plant itself.

  20. just dealt with Matthew the eye just missed by 30 miles and learned generators are great but they can let ya down at the worst time so luckily I had a backup a deep cycle marine battery and a small 400w inverter and 2 4w air pumps between gas and oil top offs this kept the air going to the tanks and 3 days no power 1 day no generator it kept all 350 gallons in my home alive
    the battery saved me as my generator died always have a backup to a backup you can never be overly prepared thx for the videos you have helped my setup immensely



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