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Old 07-19-2004, 09:32 PM   #1
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Power Outage

Just went through a power outage due to a summer thunder storm. I had one Maxi-jet 1200 agitating the surface, powered by an APCC UPS. It ran for 3 and a half hours until the power came back on.

There's one of my "toys" that was worth the money
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Old 07-19-2004, 10:53 PM   #2
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I need to do something like that. We lost power for about 8 hours last week and I had nothing. Some people in the area were without power a week!

How big of one would you need for a heater and a PH for a few hours?
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:30 PM   #3
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do you live near south bend?
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:33 PM   #4
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I am in S. IN, across the river from Louisville, KY. We had alot of wind damage last week that took out a few power lines.
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:44 PM   #5
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That does not sound like fun. I would go nuts without electricity for 8 hours.
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:46 PM   #6
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Mine's an XS 800 by APCC. Based on the draw of a Maxi-Jet 1200, I should get over 5 hours run time on it. With the heater, probably less than half that. They have a chart somewhere on their website, where you can determine what run-time you'll get
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"But then again, fish do tend to eat one another. I often wonder ... if fish get awfully tired of seafood? What are your thoughts Hobson?"
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Old 07-20-2004, 05:39 AM   #7
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I love my APCs. Wouldn't run a computer without one, just for the level current.

I've got a lot hooked up to mine that has my tank supplied. Mine's mostly to prevent minor spikes and uneven current. Better for everything.

Definitely well-worth the price of a higher end brand.
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:57 AM   #8
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yeah, but if only UPS' were cheaper!!! you need a relatively large VA to keep your pumps and heaters working (personally i wouldn't worry about hooking up the MH's)
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Old 07-20-2004, 10:55 AM   #9
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Me neither. My goal was to keep some level of current flowing (water I mean) and a heater (in case it's winter). All I have is the heater and one Maxi-Jet running. Everything else, lights, skimmer and fuge are off. I'm aiming for maximum uptime.

Basically, I figure $200 for a fairly good UPS is a good investment to protect the money and time I've invested so far in my tank. Not to mention protecting the little critters.
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(2) False Percs
(1) Orchid Dottyback
(1) Lawnmower Blenny
(1) Flame Angel
(1) Spotted Mandarin
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"But then again, fish do tend to eat one another. I often wonder ... if fish get awfully tired of seafood? What are your thoughts Hobson?"
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