How to Survive a Power Outage with an Aquarium.

How to Survive a Power Outage with an Aquarium.


Hey everyone, Cory from Aquarium Co-op. Today I want to teach you how to survive a
power outage. Obviously there’s lots of ways, there’s lots
of videos. What I want to bring you today is a kit you
can make that sits underneath your aquarium in a stand, waiting for you to need it. So get yourself a tote, something that kind
hold all your supplies, you got to imagine, set the scene. Powers out, it’s ten o’clock at night, it’s
Sunday night, no one’s going to be open, you’re bumbling around, you got a flashlight and
a couple of candles, and it’s snowing and it’s a huge storm and it’s going to be out
for days. What do you do, right? You wish you’d planned better. So if we got everything we need in the kit,
get the kit going. So I’m going to show you everything that’s
in this kit and how we’re going to make this 20 gallon tank make it through it. Now obviously if you have a generator, great. If you have other things, great. But this is something that I think people
can put together fairly cheaply for 30 bucks or so, they go wow, I can get my tanks through
this. So we’re going to start by showing you the
things that are in it. Battery powered air pump. Very important. One of the first things you can run into,
depending on stock issues and is there live plants or isn’t there, that type of thing. Is, are they going to run out of air? So if we can eliminate that that’s even better. So an air pump, and if you have a sponge filter
that’s even better because you can plug into the sponge filter, keep your biologicals still
going through the whole event, that’s amazing. What I do like to add on top of that, is a
never clog air stone, and let me show you why. You’re going to have this little hose here,
and if you’re not connected to a sponge filter or something like that, I like to pull this
kind of cruddy air stone off. It comes with it by the way. This comes with it. And I like to put a weighted air stone on
there with less back pressure. So that way when it’s hanging in there, it’ll
actually hang once this warms up, I’m doing it in a cold garage at the moment. And you kick it on, and you’ll have air going
for hours and hours and hours and hours. Right? Great. Hopefully it’s only out for an hour. You just get done setting this up and the
power comes back on and you’re happy, but, the other tip I’ve got for ya, well I’ll save
that til we’re actually setting this tank up. So that’s in the kit. And yeah you can buy most of the stuff off
my website. Also extra batteries. So I bought a whole pack of D batteries, it’s
just going to sit in the kit. So that way I can’t run out of batteries. The thing is you go, “Well this thing’s going
to last three days.” Yeah, what if you have a power outage for
seven days? By then, maybe you can’t get to a store because
maybe it’s snowed in, whatever it is, and maybe they’re sold out of batteries, because
that’s what happens. Have you ever been in a real bad storm where
power’s been out for a week? All the batteries are bought up, all the stuff’s
bought up so plan ahead. Other things you’re gonna need. This is a Mylar blanket. What is that you ask? It’s kind of an emergency blanket, like you’d
keep in your car or something like that. If you were caught in the cold. Right? So you got this big Mylar blanket that we
can use to cover an aquarium right? And that’s what we’re going to do. We want to, as long as we take care of oxygen,
the next thing we need to take care of is heat. Over time, if they get too cold, they’re going
to get sick, and once one dies, then another one dies from the ammonia and stuff like that,
so we want to get air, then we want to seal this beast up. Keeping the heat we do have, because if power
just went out five minutes ago, this aquarium’s still warm, we want to keep the heat we do
have as long as we can, and we want to do a few more things. So Mylar blankets, they’re for sale on the
website as well. If you already have them, great. If they’re already part of your earthquake
kit or something like that, but I would still encourage you, get them in a bin underneath
your aquarium so you’re not digging through an earthquake kit or something like that to
find what you need. So we’re going to be using that. Next we’ve got heat pads. And I’m going to take this one out because
I’m going to be using it. You can buy multiple heat packs, this’ll be
on the website as well. This is a 72 hour heat pack. So that’s three days. What happens is as it’s exposed to oxygen,
and this line, the red line, faces oxygen, it’s going to warm up. And I want to say off the top of my head 110
degrees on the three day packs, I think on the two day pack or one day pack it gets to
140 or something like that. Which you’re thinking that’s pretty warm but
we’re going to dissipate the heat through the aquarium, so yeah. We’re going to use this as well. And then we’ve got tape. I’ve got packing tape right here because it’s
what I got laying around, if you have duct take, I’d go with something a little bit stronger
than just like scotch tape or something like that but get a roll of something in your kit. For sure you need it. And it’s not a bad idea to have duct tape. The power’s out who knows what you gotta do,
you got to tape up another Mylar blanket against a window or something, who knows? So I’ve got my tape. So now I’ve got my kit. Here’s my aquarium. You know imagine fish are doing fine, power’s
just gone out. So first things we want to do. We find a nice [inaudible 00:05:03] with all
my stuff. We want to get air to the aquarium. And to do that you want to fix it somewhere
where it’s not gonna slide off, hopefully. This is all cold but it will be down in your
water, you’re going to turn it on. If I can get this straight because it looks
for one camera I’m sure, but you get the the tubing and stuff like that in the kit, but
maybe upgrade to some better tubing, I have some over there that I could use. But anyway, you get that, water’s bubbling,
we’ve got oxygen, hopefully I hooked up to a sponge filter, even better. Next thing that I want to do, is I’m gonna
plan like this is gonna be out for several days right. And I’ve got some heat packs here. What I want to do, is I kinda want to just
tape it to the aquarium, it’s going to transfer some heat through it. Now there’s no defined rule, like I haven’t
really tested this out to know like oh man don’t put 20 of these on there, like I think
that would be too much right but some heat will help, and the goal is we’re going to
tape this on here, grab some tape, going to put some, you don’t want to cover it too much
right? So you want enough that you’ll be able to
stick it but you don’t want to put tape all over this or it won’t be able to breathe,
it needs the oxygen for the reaction right? So maybe I just hang this right here, and
we’re going to put another piece of tape down low. There you go, so now I’ve got a heat pack
against the water, it’s going to help provide some heat. Could you have a few more? Yeah, I would probably have a bunch in my
kit. But I feel like one per 20 or 30 gallons ish
is what is sustainable for people right? Ideally you’d have a thermometer and in the
morning you check and go, “What’s my temperature? Oh we need more heat, add more, right? You’d monitor it. But not everyone’s going to have access to
that. So we’ve got that going, next thing, you grab
your Mylar blanket here. Right here. And we want to cover this entire thing because
heat’s gonna rise right? And also your battery-powered air pump makes
a little bit of heat, so that’s good. And this is going to make heat, so as long
as we cover this entire thing we’re going to do it. Now I want to leave this here. These are 52 inches by 84 inches, so 84 inches
long is what? Seven feet. And then we’re a little more than four feet
wide and so you can start doing that math. Obviously like right here I have one foot
and then I have two feet and then I have three feet to go down the back, and kind of the
same thing, when I have one foot plus 2 feet plus another foot is four feet, so I need
about I need about 36 by 48 inch one, this one’s way too big, but when you start getting
to your 180 gallon aquarium or something like that you might need quite a bit so… Just kinda undo it and here it is. Both these sides are shiny, some blankets
you buy have a better and worse reflective side. They’ll still both hold in heat but here’s
what I like to do, I like to cover the whole thing. You know just get it over it. All right? Then we’re gonna start applying some tape. One I move some stuff out of the way here. So you just want to tape it in place, we’re
going to do that your real quick. Just kind of tape, and tape it may be your
stand or underneath, that type of thing. Get that covered up. Can’t sit that on top of this aquarium because
it doesn’t have a top, but if it did, I would. And you can drape it down, that’s fine too,
you know you don’t have to drape it along the bottom, you just want it to… Heat rises, so you want it to keep it, just
in here right? So you tape it up, you do a little bit of
your magic. And the last final thing you can, do not part
of your kit because it doesn’t really fit in the kit but I got a walk off camera, just
like you would, you’d have to walk away and get this. So here I’ve got a moving blanket, it’s in
my garage but if in your house you just need any old blanket will also add a layer of heat,
you know, of insulation, is really what we’re doing. So you drape that over your aquarium. So now you’ve got a pretty good barrier because
any water that splashes, with the Mylar blanket, won’t get this wet, that’s good, so you won’t
get any water transfer. You’ve got the Mylar reflecting the heat back
in that we’re creating from the heat pack and the battery powered air pump. And on top of that we have another layer and
that’s why, you know when it’s really cold out and you’re in the mountains, they always
say layer up. The more layers you have the more insulation
there is because the air in between layers is also insulation, and so yeah you can stack
on 40 blankets and stuff like that but the goal is now, now you would do nothing. you don’t really look at them you definitely
don’t feed them, stuff like that you would just let them be. Now there are some things you want to do. You want to probably unplug your canister
filter, if you have a canister filter because if this sits like this for three days, power
comes back on, the bacteria canister filter’s all died and become ammonia, it’s going to
spew back in your aquarium and that could actually be a huge problem. So if you unplug your canister filter right
now, when you’re dealing with the tank, because imagine what happens. Okay I got my aquarium done, okay it’s been
four hours, now it’s midnight, I’m going to bed or it’s two o’clock in the morning, whatever
it is. Your snoozing. All the lights come back on, you’re going
“Great, powers back woo.” And then you go over to the tank, it looks
fine, good, yeah okay. You wake up in the morning and half fish are
dead because all the ammonia spewed out doesn’t take effect instantly, it takes a few hours
right. So if you unplug it right now when you’re
doing this process, you know that you’ll have to service it before you even plug it back
in. So that’s what you want to do. Oh good, it’s the morning, let me take the
canister filter out, let me go service it, hang on back’s kind of the same way. Sponge filter and stuff like that we kept
running, that’ll be fine, but you don’t want to spew basically ammonia and stuff back in. Also, lets say it’s been six days, you also
don’t want to feed them really heavy because they’re probably a little bit colder and things
like that, so just give them a day before even feed them and feed them very lightly
and get them back onto the schedule. Now, lets say you’ve got some things around,
some other tips, I’ve watched a lot of people run into this, they have a barbecue right
like yeah, that’s how you’re going to eat when the power’s out. Oh we’ll boil some water, we’ll put in the
fish tank, that’s warm water, it’s perfect right? The problem is when you pour boiling water
in it doesn’t instantly cool down, it’s boiling water and people kill a lot of fish, so you
pour it in and this side of the aquarium is going to boiling hot, kills fish instantly. So what you need to do, is you need to scoop
water out from your aquarium, get it about half full, then pour the boiling water in,
stir it up a bit, use a spoon don’t use your hand but get it nice stirred. Then test the water, it it feels really warm
it is really warm, it should feel a little bit cold actually, because we have 98 degrees
right and they want 78 so it should feel cool to us. Then we can pour that in. That’s the correct way if you’re going to
boil water or something like that on stove or BBQ or whatever it is. And the biggest thing is don’t panic, most
fish can handle going cooler, so even though they’re at 63 degrees they’re probably okay
but if you go from 63 to 80 in the span of four minutes because you’re pouring boiling
water in that’s gonna be really hard on them. They’re setup right here to survive it and
that’s just it. You’re there to survive it not make them 100%
comfortable, just like you’re not 100% comfortable. When the power goes out, it snowed out, its
cold, you didn’t have enough food, you don’t have anything, you’re just kind of miserable
and you tough it out. That’s what the fish are gonna do they’re
going to tough it out not oh god, they’re not going to eat, oh god they’re not getting
enough heat, that type of thing. Yes those are problems, but they’re very long-term
problems and they’re not as big as we think they are but those are the problems we need
to address when the power does go out. So hopefully, you get yourself a kit and that’s,
you know, I don’t care who you buy from or what your plan is, but get a plan, get in
a tote or a bucket. If you had a bucket with a lid on it, whatever
it is, and get that under your aquarium stand or if it’s in your fish room if you have a
bunch of tanks, get it in the fish room, so you know when the power goes out what do I
do? I’ve got this little checklist, I’m gonna
do this, I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do this. I’m gonna unplug filters and I’ll be ready. That’s what you need to do. So hopefully that helps you guys and I already
know, making this video, I’m going to sell out of air pumps. We already sell out of air pumps, we sell
a lot of air pumps now that we sell them online. And manufactures already sold out, so the
ones I like are marina and they use D batteries and I buy them as soon as they come in and
stuff like that so if you watch this video and they’re sold out at that second, there’ll
be a notification that says, “Hey email when they’re back in stock.” Do it. That’s the important part is, don’t watch
this video and then say, “Hey I’m going to do that in the middle of summer.” No no no, do it now, because in the middle
summer you’re not going to remember, you will remember when the power’s out, you’re going,
“Oh I watched that video. I should have had that kit, that would have
been perfect right now.” You won’t have it. So hopefully that helps. Yeah watch the other videos and hopefully
you never have to use this, that’s the best thing, you build this kit, if you never have
to use it, perfect. That means you never had to put your fish
through stress. Thanks for hanging out guys and I’ll see you
in the next one. Probably a live stream or something like that
on a Sunday. If you’re not already joining us for that
you should. Ask me questions, critique it. In the comments, suggest other ways you prepare
your fish for power outage, like if you know a bad storm is coming, service that canister
filter, service your aquarium, change the water, don’t feed, that type of thing. So put all those kind of comments down below. Yeah thanks for hanging out we’ll see you
next time.

100 thoughts on “How to Survive a Power Outage with an Aquarium.

  1. List of Supplies:
    Battery Powered Air Pump: http://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/battery-powered-air-pump
    Emergency Blanket: http://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/mylar-thermal-blanket
    Never Clog Air Stone: http://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/never-clog-air-stone?variant=17074372100
    Airline Tubing: http://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/airline-tubing?variant=21602302276

  2. If I can't get a battery operated air pump can I just keep doing water changes to keep the water oxygenated and up to temp?  It's a 75 gallon with gold fish ran with HOB filters.  I already know not to feed them, they can take it for a prolonged time and there's algae for them to snack on.

  3. I needed this video. Nobody says anything about when the power comes back on with issues. I would of never known about the canister problem with the ammonia spike. Great tips. Building my kit ASAP.

  4. Power outage is very common here in our country (Philippines). That's why I already planned ahead of time just in case there is a power outage. I do have a battery operated air pump and endorsed it at home where my family can find it easily just in case I'm not at home and suddenly power outage strikes. Great video as always.. Very Informative…

  5. Awesome tips Cory! I've found the easiest way for me is to invest in an inverter. All I have to do when the power goes out is fire up my truck and plug everything in. There not that expensive either I believe mine is 1200 watts and I only paid $30 for it, just have to make sure u have some extra cans of gas sitting around to keep the truck going.

  6. Corey thank you so much for this video I had no idea that you had to unplug your filter after a power outage and I had no idea that there were Wireless pumps battery operated pumps thank you I now know what to do and I also know I'm not going to stress when the temperature drops in my tank to 60 degrees over a. Of time slowly I would have otherwise thank you again for all you do.

  7. I live in Canada, so this is definitely something I'd researched. I like the idea of an actual kit and everything in one place though. And I do have heat packs, but wondered if they're as necessary for fancy goldfish? Great video!

  8. What light would you. Put on a 3ft tank that is cheap but does its job? And also how can I keep my Rams colours looking good? Would adding another male help with my colour issues? They look really bland.

  9. Love this video, thanks for sharing! Just one question, if covering your tanks with blankets would the air pump get enough oxygen to pump into the aquarium? Or would it be beneficial to run some tubing under the blankets from the room?
    Thanks again for making these videos, they are so helpful 😊

  10. What happens to fish if the power goes out in the night and everyone is sleeping? Will the fish be ok for a few hours without heat in say a cold basement

  11. Excellent information. What do you mean by "servicing" your filter before plugging them back in….rinse them in aquarium water and completely clean it off to get rid of ammonia or replace filter pads? Thanks

  12. Hi Cory! Would you plop the sponge material from HOB filters into aquarium water so bacterial doesn't die off, provided you have air bubbles going in tank during the power outage emergency?

  13. Great point on the sponge filter, it's always good to have one in, if your power is off for three days that can destroy your cycle. Yay for battery powered air pumps 👍

  14. You forgot something Cory…. Um…. where are the emergency taco rations???
    I put styrofoam sheets on the back of my tanks in the garage where it gets cold anyway – helps save on electricity year round.

  15. Would taking my media out of the filter and putting it in the tank help keep some of its bacteria colony alive and maybe help speed up the recovery time?

  16. I live in South Carolina on the coast. After hurrican Matthew. some here lost power for 12 days. most people here lost all there fish because there was no fish stores/walmarts open to buy battery airpumps. I was 1 of the few with backup . I would also suggest a computer batterybackup cost around 100 buck. plug in your pumps and heaters .if power is out for only a day or 2

  17. Good tips. I lost over half my indoor pond goldfish after a 12 hr power outage back in Aug after a bad storm and wasn't prepared. I know have a larger generator if I happens again.

  18. Great video, thanks. I would love to have a battery powered air pump. Do they make one that plugs in the wall, but does not cut on (via the batteries) until the power goes off.

  19. any idea how long the beneficial bacteria survive in a canister filter during a power outage? at what point do I unplug in your opinion.

  20. So are never clog airstones weighted? Also, should I unplug a hang on back filter? Will it dot he same thing as a canister and spew ammonia in to thetank?

  21. Thanks for this cory, we had a power outage recently and we had no idea on what too do, we had to dig out a VERYY old generator and backup airpump.

  22. Good video – there are several on this topic and yet people still get caught unprepared
    I like your kit idea for the small hobbyists
    Love the demo – this might be the best on this topic
    Now, what do you do if you have a fish store and 100 tanks at home too? ROFBL
    Yeah, I know – generators!!!

  23. interesting, my canister filters are off longer than that while I do my weekly water changes because the spray bars are pointing upwards for surface agitation and they would squirt out the tank and make a mess if I was nat to turn them off. I do however keep two sponge filters running throughout my water change. I wonder if I am consistently killing off my benifital bacteria? No significant deaths thus far though.

  24. The kit is a GREAT idea!! Nice, Cory. I should have had that the other day when I stumbled through a video in a power outage! You will be more prepared than I, sir – of course you have a lot more tanks to take care of!

  25. This is so handy!! I wish I knew about this a few months back when my power went out for about 12 hours (thanks construction crew, for hitting the power main). Luckily my 5 tanks did ok.

  26. I don't know about putting the air pump inside all that wrapping if you are planning on the power being out for a week. The tiny amount of heat it produces doesn't seem worth the fact that you are pumping in less and less oxygen with every breath they take. You might want to poke a hole through the space blanket and mount the air pump on the outside. I would also mount the heat pack as low as I could. Great vid though.

  27. Hey Cory. I'm a bit concerned about the cloudy tank I asked about the other day. It's gone. Super cloudy and I took a sample and it's a little green. It's Been like this for a while. If it's a crashed cycle how long should I leave it? It's a 20L (5gal)

  28. What do you do when you've unplugged the filters and the power turns back on, what do you do to get the filters full of BB??

  29. Cool video but I miss the good old fish room. Imo you best videos are when you just take us around and show us whats in your tanks! I cant imagine that kind of video is more job than this! Keep up the good content!

  30. Cory, you are definitely the "Mr. Wizard" of the aquarium world. Or maybe even the Bill Nye the Science Guy of fish. I appreciate all you do for us fish nerds. Perhaps we can expand the taco nation to "Taco Thursday"!

  31. Very helpful video. Thanks for posting this. I have two of the battery-powered air pumps, but need to get the mylar blankets.

  32. Hey Corey, I have a question for you you and for anyone else who can answer this for me. I recently did a full substrate change. I have a planted aquarium and I replaced the fertilizer and top substrate. After doing this all of my fish have been acting weird, I have tiger barbs and they are all laying at the bottom or staying undercover. They're not playful, and they are not really eating either. Could you or anyone else help figure this out?

  33. Cory, is feeding frozen and freeze dried brine shrimp every day fine for livebearers such as platys? Fed 3 times daily, staple diet other 2 feedings.

  34. Great info. Only question is: by covering the tank entirely with the insulators, say 2-3 layers thick, is there still plenty of O2 for the fish? Just wasn't sure how that works. If the pump is making bubbles, is that all you need?

  35. Just finished 110 hours without power due to an ice storm. Thankfully I had my emergency fish kit. My battery operated pumped worked on 1 set of D batteries for 3 days. It finally got too cold and I was out of heat packs and ways to keep them warm. We all relocated to parents house because they had power. They survived in a 5G bucket with an airstone and filter media with Water changes. They're home again and settling back in. So far they look good (platys, neons, panda cory, 2 nerrite snails). Thanks Aquarium Co-op for giving me tips and tricks for this experience.

  36. I wish I had seen this recently. Rochester, NY had a major days long power outtage. Lost half the fish even though I valiantly tried to save them in a bucket with an air pump. Mylar blanket would have been good to know!

  37. I lost a few fish over the summer because our power went out and it got too hot. I was able to keep my tanks mostly aerated, but I couldn't cool them down. If we somehow lost power in winter here, my tanks might drop down to the mid 60s. If I did what you're suggesting I'd probably cook my fish. I'd use the blankets for protection against wind damage in certain types of storms, but that's about it. Any ways to keep tanks cool in 110+ degree whether with no power? (Note, cold water doesn't exist in that weather either.)

  38. I live in Florida and when we lose power here our tanks getting hotter is a huge problem. In case of a power outage always have a high quality cooler. When power goes out put all the ice in the freezer into the cooler. cooling the tank is only needed for 85+ heat

  39. Now that you've covered your heat pack with several layers of stuff and taped the foil blanket closely over it, how is the heat pack still getting the required amount of oxygen?

  40. I am going to start guppy breeding and was wondering if anybody could help me, especially Cory. The problem I have is I don't have a lot of space and don't want to spend more money then I have too. I must get 4 tanks. A 10 gallon for the male, a 10 Gallon for the 3 females, a 10 gallon for the nursery and another 10 gallon for the Isolation. Plus 4 filters, 4 heaters, 4 sets of plants. Is there any way I can reduce how much I spend?

  41. I have a sump with Kaldness. It’s being circulated with a water pump. My worry during a power outage is how can I keep the B.B. alive during that time? I have doubts that a battery powered airstone would be enough to keep the media circulating. What would be a way to keep those little bugs safe while the power is out?

  42. I would make sure the air pump can pull fresh air into the tank… So in would not cover the pump with the mylar.

  43. My house is heated by gas so I won't need a heater 😉 I don't envy homes with electric stoves electric heaters and electric air conditioning at all. I have a gas stove too.

  44. late night and nerding out on old content XD, seriously this is such a good video , there should be a way to republish this for the winter weather

  45. if i unplug my canister and service it but i dont have a sponge filter will i lose BB ? Im running a fx6 in a 75g with 11 Corydoras and 16 Tetras. I just have the marina air pump and a blanket will that be ok, its only for 8 hours that the power will be out. I have a power outage coming on the 10th of this month!

  46. Here in Puerto Rico after Maria at least we dont have to worry about heating but oxigenation is another matter.

  47. If a power outage occurs for 24 hours or less, do I still need to service the canister filter before using it again? If so, how do I do that?

  48. My power was out for 11 hours. Would my aqua clear HOB be toxic? Should I just do a water change and add bacteria to the tank?

  49. Awesome Vid!! Lost power this winter for 48hours in Canada due to too much snow!!! Found hot water bottles and heated that water with a camp stove-also used an emergency blanket, but still lost too many fish…this video helps!!! Thanks!

  50. Without a generator setup.How do I keep aquarium heated if power outage occurs and I’m not home for a week or so? I go out of town for 7-10 days several times a year.

  51. If you have a chance this winter/autumn, I'd really love to see you test this and see how warm it gets and long it stays warm with this system.

  52. Hoping this will work! Hurricane Michael is heading in and I’m hoping all my fish will be alright.

    I’m super worried for my tropical fish more than anything- my catfish and angels are super sensitive to temperature changes so I worry for them

  53. Just noticed your question swing across the live stream from Cory (I'll admit I'm late to the show). Your BBA is best handled dealt with first off by finding source issue. I personally just delt with Brown diatome algae (I know different) but treatment means not so. It was suddenly showing up, and an eye sore. So I went about visually exploring the tank (new set up 55 gallon). Something was off and I wasn't sure what. I have plenty of plants 14 anubias stems, 30 S. repens, 40 crypts various sizes from a few cm's, to 14 inches tall, etc. And a 50-100 guppies, half adults other half fry. Still didn't make sense. tank is cycled, etc. I looked into the HOB filtration and noticed it was growing in there. I stopped the HOB, emptied the water out, sprayed the HOB inside and on the ramp were water flows out with Hydrogen peroxide and let it sit a few minutes. I then took the tube length and put some peroxide in the tube let it sit as well. This killed of the algae and when I primed the HOB and started things up I noticed it flowed better, and the algae in the tank stopped spreading. I finished it off with dosing a double dose of Flourish excell to kill the rest off. Moral of my story, explore, and see where or what might be contributing. I've noted several major youtuber's such as George Farmer mention that BBA usually is a symptom of something like CO2 not being injected enough in tank, or a sign of the CO2 tank trickling off and being out. If your not using CO2, then check consider your photo period for lighting. Ask yourself if it is to long, etc. And then finally when that is figured out, treating. Simply lower the water or remove hard-scape items with the BBA and spray with Hydrogen peroxide or Flourish Excell. Which ever you feel safer using. the Excell is safer BTW. Let the items stand for about 30 seconds to a minute and then rinse under faucet, or if you lowered the tank water simply replace water. Done. The important part is determining the source and balancing the problem. when balanced it shouldn't creep up.

  54. I lost several goldfish due to power outage once using a canister filter. I set the bio media in the canister in the water with the goldies but it still wasn't enough. Had I had an airstone hooked up to a battery powered air pump like this to run water through the media I have no doubt I could have saved them all.

  55. I bought a UPS Backup Battery Backup Power supply with the heater and filter plugged into the backup power. This should serve me well if the power goes out ( hope the power's not out for more than 2 hours ). This is good because my heater and my filter will keep going and sometimes HOB filters will not start back up without being primed ( topped off ) with water in case I'm not around, and the power goes out.

  56. I have been binge watching your videos for a month or so. Absolutely outstanding! I’ve learned so much, had a great deal clarified I wasn’t sure about and been thoroughly entertained. I’ve been to China with you, seen your new fish come in, been instructed on fish and plants….Your knowledge and passion is just wonderful. Thankyou so much from an artist in rural Australia. PS going to finish getting my kit together!!!!!

  57. Hello Cory, thanks for making this life saving video. Here's a way to save some of your bacteria .Joey from king of diy has a way of saving your bacteria from dying. He takes out his media and put it over the air stone to oxygenate the bateria. If you have loose bio rings you can put it in mesh bag or stocking. Thank you guys for saving our fish

  58. All the fish ive had instinctively make bubbles at the surface with their mouths when water stands still too long.

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