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Old 06-02-2004, 11:58 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the ideas! I'm started looking through all the DIY forums and didn't see the back up battery post yet, but I will finish looking tommorrow. I did wrap my freshie tank with tin foil (haha) and blankets for the 4 days the power was out. It got to about 45 degrees in the apartment, they were probably warmer then me!

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Old 06-03-2004, 09:08 AM   #12
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This is what I did. Click on search above. Then enter the words "battery backup" and then pick the DIY forum in the list of forums on the left. This will limit the search to just the DIY forum. THere are between 8 and 12 posts that come up that you can reference.

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Old 06-04-2004, 09:13 AM   #13
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I used to live in Lexington, KY, and now live in Greenville, SC. I know all about ice storms and losing power!! We have one or two 24-48 hour periods every year where we lose power. A small camping or RV generator rated for 2500-5000 watts retails for as little as $500 (www.northerntool.com) and is more than sufficient to provide life support for a decent size aquarium, as well as power certain appliances in your home. Follow the instructions on the generator carefully, They are not any more difficult to run than a gas lawnmower.

PLEASE DO NOT simply plug them into your house's electrical outlets - if the power comes back on and the generator is plugged into your home outlets the feedback WILL KILL YOU or start a FIRE in your home. Plug your appliances directly into the generator's isolated outlets instead. (You can also have an certified electrical install a transfer switch - $200 plus installation - which isolates your home from the main power grid to allow you to run your furnace blower or select lights in your home - if you like.) Or, you can even buy whole house generators which run off natural gas or propane, and automatically turn on when the power goes out. These run $2,000 and up, and require professional installation.

$500 is a lot to spend for some people, so do the math. My live rock for my 120 gal cost about $500. My fish and coral frags would cost about $1,000 to replace. So all in I have approximately $1,500 invested in livestock, plus the utter pain of having having to start my reef all over again, cycling the tank, etc. $500 sounds like pretty good insurance money. Also, imagine the envy of your neighbors when the power goes out and you still have lights!!!!
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Old 06-04-2004, 10:38 PM   #14
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i would get a generator, but I live in an apartment now, when I get my first house I will definatly get one of those those

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