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laurencasualty
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what do to for goldie in the event of a power outage?
« on: October 29, 2011, 04:33:29 PM »

Hey all, im at home for the weekend and little Eva is staying on campus. I'm not sure if they have power there, but we dont here, so that leads me to this question: what can you do for your fish when there's no power? I searched the forum and found what I expected about frequent water changes and a battery powered airstone, but I was also curious about water temp.. What can you do to make sure your Goldie doesn't freeze? its not like you can give them extra blankets or cover the cage with a towel -.-
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Re: what do to for goldie in the event of a power outage?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2011, 04:42:43 AM »

As long as the water won't freeze you don't have to do anything. But if the water could freeze I would put a towel on top of tha tank.
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Nossie
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Re: what do to for goldie in the event of a power outage?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2011, 04:59:38 AM »

The water probably wouldn't freeze as long as you keep the fish indoors, am I right?
Pretty obviously, most people don't even use heaters for their goldfish, so if you get a power outage, the only consequences (as long as you keep the water moving), would be a few degrees cooler water.
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Re: what do to for goldie in the event of a power outage?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2011, 05:52:33 PM »

I agree with both posters.  Smiley

I wouldn't get too worried. Goldfish, unlike tropical fish, can withstand some pretty fridgid temperatures. Goldfish that live oudoors frequently tolerate temperatures below 40 degres F. They are domesticated descendants of the carp, a fish that lives in the wild in streams and rivers and has to live in ice-cold water all the time.

You do want to avoid water that is beginning to freeze, but hopefully the building won't get that cold!

Now tropicals on the other hand must have warmer temperatures to be comfortable. Even bettas have trouble tolerating a power outage during the winter.

Just goes to show how hardy those little goldies are!

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Re: what do to for goldie in the event of a power outage?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2011, 05:02:22 PM »

In the event that you get terribly desperate, I've heard that people sometimes get heater pads and putting them right next to the tank. I'm not sure if this works, but you could also get a battery powered flashlight and position it in a way that the tank could be lighted.

As long as the tank stays filterated/aerated, has a roughly the same constant temperature, and the fish aren't stressed/diseased, I think they will be fine. Just keep doing small frequent water changes and for aeration, you could try filling a cup with tank water and trickling the water back inside.
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laurencasualty
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Re: what do to for goldie in the event of a power outage?
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2011, 07:16:15 PM »

thanks guys! fortunately the power didn't go out on campus and eva was just fine  Cheesy, but now i know in case we lose power at home when eva is home with me.
sparkly-puffball: my friend said she could set up her toads heating pad close to the aquariam; i was wondering if that would be ok or if it could get way too hot and fry my fishie  Shocked don't want that to happen!!
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Re: what do to for goldie in the event of a power outage?
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2011, 01:08:15 PM »

It's safest to just leave it all alone, okay?
You don't have to start bothering about warming the water up until you'll have broken windows and doors in your house and the snow storm is coming in.

Water is a terribly bad heat or cold conductor, so the temperature in something like 10 gallons or bigger really won't change until about 12-24 hours in extreme cases.
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