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Old 09-02-2004, 04:06 PM   #11
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whats going to use more power, a powerhead or the air pump? a UPS is designed for a computer and monitor. A typical computer can draw anywhere from 300 to 500 watts of power and the monitor another... hmm back of my monitor doesn't say, but I would guess another 200 to 300 watts, if not more. UPS' don't last long because of the amount of power being drawn from them. If your PH only draws 5 to 10 watts, a computer UPS could easily last for a couple of hours. but check the air pump idea if you have one. See how many watts (or amps "A") and use the one that takes less power. And remember, the only thing an air stone does in a SW tank is contribute to surface agitation. Surface agitation is where the gas exchange occurs.
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Old 09-02-2004, 04:20 PM   #12
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Computers only draw what power they need.


If their doing something very intensive like, say, high in gaming or CAD, then they are pulling more power, than..say...someone reading a website.
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Old 09-02-2004, 04:29 PM   #13
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the CPU yes, but the main power draw in a PC is the harddrives, fans and CDrom (if you're using it). The video card is much like the CPU in it's power consumption, but it still draws a fair amount of juice. Also consider USB devices. Those devices draw their power through the USB port which also adds to the power consumption of the computer as a whole.

My point being, a PH (or air pump) will draw a lot less power than a computer and, depending on the UPS, should last for at least a little while.
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This is probibly going to reach you to late for this.

Walmart carries a battery powered air pump to use with minnow Buckets. Its a submergeable device and may or may not allow for the connection of a tube.

that would be a good investment, although I cannot say how powerful it is. I would think that after this summer, there will be alot more battery powered air pumps on the market for our florida friends. Good Luck!
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Old 09-02-2004, 05:21 PM   #15
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Thank you all again for your input. In preparation for this potential storm I've been to 7 different pet/aquarium stores the last couple of days and called about 5 others today alone and everyone is out of them already. Some have never bothered to carry them, hopefully that will change soon. I did try Walmart for that pump, rocket season, mentioned and that too was sold out. Apparently, I'm not the only fish lover down here, which is great, but now it leaves me with all this worry.
Slightly better news, according to recent reports on the storm, it has taken a slight shift to the north, which is excellent news for us southeastern florida people, but "they" keep stressing that nobody really knows what that means.
Time for a stupid question, would blowing air through a tube periodically into the tank be of any use? I'm almost desperate, for I've had most of these fish 7+ years and I'd hate to lose them now or ever for that matter.
thanx again to you all..
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Blowing air isn't a good idea.. not only is there very little oxygen coming out of your lungs, but the CO2 will actually drive the pH down in the tank.

If it comes down to it, you can always cause the surface agitation yourself... splashing the water produces the same effect as the powerhead.

Good luck.. hope it changes direction completely.
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I would think that splashing the water with a spatula every few minutes would stir it up and help add oxygen to it.

did you try one of those DC/AC converters that can be plugged into a cigarette lighter of a car? YOu can run an air pump and/ or your PH of of that.
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A generator might be a good investment.
I would bet you would have about a %.05 chance of finding a generator in that area now. People go crazy with this crap.
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