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    So our power just went out. It was only out for about four minutes so it wasn't a big deal. But the temp in Grif's tank dropped from 84.7 to 82.9 in just those couple minutes. It made me realize that I don't have any sort of plan for how to take care of Grif if we lose power in the winter. I live in Ohio. It doesn't get too cold here in winter, but its cold by pacman standards and we do get the occasional snow storm/power outage. I was just wondering how other people keep their frogs warm and safe in the event of a power outage? I would rather plan a head little than wait until it's January and 20 degrees out! Thanks!


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    That is nothing I even thought about. Hopefully someone here has some pointers.
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    I actually thought of stocking up on hand warmers and using them which I think would work in a pinch on a very short term basis ofcourse but defintly need to know what to do.


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    Those heat packs are probably the best choice unless you want to get a generator. You could try placing his tank near a fireplace or something.

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    Ya I thought about putting him near the fireplace. It sucks that fire would produce a dry heat though. Woutld have to keep his water near too so it would be warm for misting.


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    In the winter snow if I lose power I open the frog room door, turn on the cooker hot plates (they're gas) and light them with a lighter or match, set 'em all on high. It is usually sufficient to keep things in the 60s for the day. If things are bad for longer than that I have a portable propane heater (Heater Buddy) that I can run in the frog room if necessary.
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    When I got my Pac it was pretty cold out but I found aiming a small portable heater towards the tank kept a steady temperature, also insulating the tank with towels might help?

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    Great tips guys!!
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    for a temporary fix i wrap the enclosures in towels

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    It's not cheap but a company called Tripplite makes power inverters/chargers that will work as back ups. I use one for my salt water tank. You plug it into the wall, connect a couple car batteries to it and plug in your heater to the unit. It will keep the batteries charged, automatically switch to battery power and covert it to A/C when the power is out. When the power comes back on it will switch back to A/C from the wall and start charging the batteries again. Denpending on the amount of batteries you have, their rating and what your equipment draw is you can get 4-6hrs of back up heat. Could make the difference..... General-Purpose Inverter/Chargers

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    I was thinking about this scenario a bit more. For those of us with multiple enclosures, flexwatt heat tape on the bottom of the enclosures might be a good way to keep the tanks warm. First they can be connected in series. Second they draw reletively little power compaired to an aquarium heater. Third, using a light switch dimmer you can adjust the heat/temp as required making them even more efficient. Thus using a Tripplite on a set up of this nature may provide many hours of back up heat. I have not done the math in quite awhile. So when I get some free time I'll try to figure it out to see how long a couple different option may last. My tank heater and one pump would run for about 4hrs on 2 batteries.... And that is for my 375 gallon set up. Fairly large heater and huge pump...

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