How to Handle a Power Outage?

A power outage is a problem that can affect each one of ust. Usually, the loss of electricity is unpredictable, so we should be properly prepared for such a surprise. In this article, I will describe how to effectively protect yourself and keep your tank alive.

What happens to the aquarium when the equipment loses power?

When the power is lost, the aquarium stops, there’s no water movement. From then on, the temperature starts to drop, the animals use up the oxygen in the water, and the pH level also gets lower.

Phone notifications about a power outage

It is worth looking for a solution that will allow you to quickly find out that there’s no electricity in the aquarium. Smart devices can be a good call, as soon as they disconnect from the WiFi network, they will send a notification about a possible power outage.

This type of solution will allow you to react quickly, which is crucial in this situation.

How can you get prepared? 

There are several ways to prepare for a power outage:

  1. You can identify key areas in the aquarium and organize a power bank for them. The most important thing in an aquarium is water movement, and therefore the most important device will be the return pump. 
  1. Another important topic is temperature. Therefore, it’s also important to ensure that the device responsible for maintaining the temperature also receives energy when there is no electricity in the house.
  2. Many aquarists supply a backup power generator to which they connect the entire aquarium in the event of a power outage.

About the author

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Marek Protasewicz

Reefkeeping has been my passion for over 10 years now. I love learning. The hobby has taught me many valuable lessons, patience being the best example.
Combining work and passion is my path. I run Crazy Coral, a marine aquarium shop, for a number of years. Building this business from the scratch I learnt from my own mistakes at a heavy cost.
Later I managed a project aimed at development of methods for quick growth of Corals in non-natural conditions. The project was carried out by Get Sales, Poland.
Presently, I am responsible for distribution strategy at Reef Factory, of which I am a
co-founder. The company produces smart devices for marine aquaristics.
The last projects I have been involved in are Social Reef and ReefPedia.

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