Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-11-2005, 06:16 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: maine
Posts: 1,975
Backup plans for power failure?

Last night at 7PM I lost power at my house. Outside temp was about 20F, winds gusting the 40mph and snow was coming down very rapidly which is bad news for getting the power reconnected in a hurry This did not phase me a bit, since I had a rackmount 1400VA APC UPS unit ready and waiting. So, I hook up my protein skimmer and heater to the UPS, should be good for about 5 to 8 hours depending on the heater usage. I wrap the tank in two blankets to help out the heater. 45 minutes later, the UPS dies! Must be a bad battery problem in the UPS since there is no way it should have died in 45 minutes with less than 75 watts of current draw. I go digging through my basement and find a 350VA UPS, I hook this up but I did not expect it to last long, so I am running just a powerhead off it to keep the water moving. 4 hours later, that UPS runs out of power, the power is still out in my house.

This is when I really started to worry, since my house temp was down to about 58F and it was 2AM. A while ago I bought one of these, then proceeded to lose it when I move into my new house:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...&N=2004+113402

I found it in my basement after some frantic searching, stuck new batteries in it, then swapped it between my freshwater and my saltwater tank through the night to make sure each ware aerated. This morning, my salt tank was down to low 60s F but everything appeared to still be moving (very slowly), the freshwater tank was possibly slightly colder, but the thermometer does not read that low. And it was 50 in my house! I had to go to work so I stuck and extra blanket over each tank and crossed my fingers.

Around 10AM today, the power finally turned back on, my wife was home and made sure everything was swimming. I am leaving both tanks in the dark for the whole day in the temperature changes likely stessed the livestock quite a bit.

At this point, I am going to purchase a generator or at the very least, stick a woodstove in my house to keep it warm. Also I am going to buy a box of heat packs that I can tape to the outside of the tank if this happens again. Had I lost the saltwater tank, I would have lost more than the cost of buying a generator...
__________________

__________________
*26 freshwater*
2x Sunburst Platys (2M, 2F) // 3x Neon Tetras (?) // 2x Cherry Barbs (1M, 1F) // 2x YoYo Loaches (?) // 1x Bushy Nose Pleco (M) // 1x Clown Pleco (?) //

*15H marine*
-30# Live Rock
-Mixed Snails (Nassarius // Cerith // Astrea // Black Turbo // Mexican Turbo)
-8x Blue Leg Hermit Crabs // 1x Banded Serpent Star // 1x Cleaner Shrimp
-1x Royal Gramma // 1x Percula Clownfish
-2x Mushroom Leather // Metallic Green Star Polyps // Pulsing Xenia // Striped Xenia // Blue Mushroom
-Remora + Maxi-Jet 1200 // 2x Maxi-Jet 600 // Maxi-Jet 400 // Visi-Therm Deluxe 50 // Current USA Orbit 2x 40w PC
grimlock3000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2005, 06:29 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Northwest Indiana
Posts: 711
I bought a couple of those little battery-powered air pumps. Great insurance for just a few dollars.

I have a generator outside too (not specifically for the tank), just in case.
__________________

__________________
We'll be fighting in the streets with our children at our feet, and the morals that they worshipped will be gone.

And the men who spurred us on sit in judgment of all wrong, they decide and the shotgun sings the song.



125 SW
80 lb LR
330w PC
Euphyllia, Alveopora, Pachyclauvularia (Metallic Green and Daisy), Frogspawn, Torch, Gold Nepthea, Kenya Tree, Galaxea, Pulsing Xenia, various leather (umbrella, toadstool, fingers, devil fingers, lettuce)
Maroon Clown/White tip LT anemone, Powder Blue Tang, Female Swallow Angel, SixLine Wrasse, Solar Fairy Wrasse, Firefish, Fathead Anthias, Blue Mandarin, 3 Chromis, 3 Green Gobies
Clown Monarch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2005, 06:30 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Northwest Indiana
Posts: 711
We haven't lost power in about 8 months here, which is strange. We probably have the worst electric company in the nation.

It'll be a cool spring day, 65 degrees, no wind, not a cloud in the sky - suddenly the power goes out for 2 hours. Not good when you have an expensive aquarium.
__________________
We'll be fighting in the streets with our children at our feet, and the morals that they worshipped will be gone.

And the men who spurred us on sit in judgment of all wrong, they decide and the shotgun sings the song.



125 SW
80 lb LR
330w PC
Euphyllia, Alveopora, Pachyclauvularia (Metallic Green and Daisy), Frogspawn, Torch, Gold Nepthea, Kenya Tree, Galaxea, Pulsing Xenia, various leather (umbrella, toadstool, fingers, devil fingers, lettuce)
Maroon Clown/White tip LT anemone, Powder Blue Tang, Female Swallow Angel, SixLine Wrasse, Solar Fairy Wrasse, Firefish, Fathead Anthias, Blue Mandarin, 3 Chromis, 3 Green Gobies
Clown Monarch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2005, 06:31 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: San Diego
Posts: 307
wow!

hope everything is fine.


I think the ups hooked up to the heater and a verry small powerhead should do for a day or so. there is no need to run the skimmer.
__________________
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,
No one but ourselves can free our minds.
Bob Marley
swissfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2005, 07:06 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 562
I bought a 5000 watt Honda power plant just in case, You never know and it could save a lot of money if the need ever came about.
__________________
150 rr Oceanic, 300 pound lr,250 pounds ls, lps's, polyp's,soft corals, sps's,
Thumper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2005, 07:12 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toano, Virginia!
Posts: 716
Not a bad thing, for sure. You could call some electricians and see about getting the generator back-fed into your breaker panel so you can use the same outlets in the house.
__________________
I almost dated a psychic.....


She left me before we met.
youronlysin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2005, 07:18 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
revhtree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Rossville. Ga
Posts: 4,500
I am getting a generator in the future, but for now I have one of those car convertors for dvd players. I turn my car on and run a drop cord out to the convertor. It gives me enough for a heater and an airstone.
__________________
Remember to Keep Christ First!
revhtree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2005, 07:37 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 602
A generator is on my list, too. I can use it to fire my furnace and circulation so I'll still have heat in the house, and it should be enough to power the pumps, etc. on my tanks.

I just have to make it until spring, because I've slowly going broke setting up my new system, and it's only 30 gallons!!
__________________
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
midiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2005, 08:10 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: San Diego
Posts: 307
If you run a generator to feed into your existing breaker, just make sure that you have a device wich can make sure the sinus waves (generator and Power company power) are insinc otherwise you'll be having a big bang when the power goes back on.
It would be better to have a seperate breaker feeding your existing outlets, just make sure that only one is on at the time. You don't want to backfeed non synchronized electricity anywhere.
__________________
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,
No one but ourselves can free our minds.
Bob Marley
swissfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2005, 08:24 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toano, Virginia!
Posts: 716
No bangs...Always seperate the mains from the generator output. Household current and generator output should never co-exist on the same line. This is why I suggested having an electrician back feed it properly.
__________________

__________________
I almost dated a psychic.....


She left me before we met.
youronlysin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best option for power failure? emceeee General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 3 03-25-2010 12:46 PM
Power Failure got bait? General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 6 07-20-2005 06:30 PM
Backup Power Ximat General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 15 03-25-2005 02:38 PM
Power backup cginflorida General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 6 06-07-2004 08:19 PM
Marine Tank - Power Failure question. rvijay07 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 24 07-05-2003 11:44 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.