- Posted November 1, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories
Fishtank Care after Hurricane Sandy
With Sandy taking our electricity away the tank's basic functions became null.
Here are some tips that are keeping my fish alive:
1. Wrap the tank in a Mylar emergency blanket. Newspaper works well too.
2. Change 25% of the water daily to bring new oxygen to the tank, and to avoid the level of ammonia from going up.
3. Boil water and fill a plastic bottle with it. Make sure the bottle's cap is tight. Let it float in the tank until it cools down (Which will happen very fast) and try to keep on doing it as often as possible.
4. DO NOT feed the fish and if you do, just a little and once a day. This will keep waste away and therefore the toxicity levels down. Fish can survive up to three days without food.
5. Open the hood or take it off, this will increase oxygen.
The above in case you do not have a battery operated air pump and you find yourself without electricity for a period longer than three days. (My case)
Tropical fish, like guppies, need an average temperature of 72-76 degrees Fahrenheit to survive on a daily basis. When you change water, make sure that you do not add it to fast and that it is not too hot so the fish don’t go in shock and die.
Pets suffer too, so be responsible and do your best to care for them. DO NOT GIVE UP ON YOUR PETS!