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Old 09-24-2013, 08:47 AM   #1
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power outage

I just bought a new home so I am about to start my first sw build. I was wondering how people handle their tank when the power goes out. What is the best solution to keep everything alive until the power comes back? I know buying a back up generator for the house would be the best bet but let's face it I don't have the money for that! All answers are welcome. Thank you!
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:14 AM   #2
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I have an old deep cycle battery from my boat and a power inverter. Won't do much if you aren't home but, for the short times I'm away from home if the power went out, lets it work out fine for me. I've run my return pump, heater, and power heads for 2 days straight off of it with no problems.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:33 AM   #3
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A couple options. For when you are away get a decent backup power supply(used for computers) and plug in just the life support equipment into that. Get an inexpensive small generator and extension cords to power just the essentials while you are home. Also heard some have used their car(s) with an inverter in a pinch.
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I know bubblers are a no no in salt water but there are plenty of battery powered air pumps out there that should be just fine to use for a day or two. It's also much much cheaper and easier than the other options
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Bubblers a not recommended because of salt spray. But in the event of a power outage one can be a necessary life support device. Battery powered ones can be handy in these situations Just make sure the one you get is powerful enough to pump air to the bottom of your tank. Some are fairly weak.
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A couple of power heads and a inexpensive inverter works fine off a battery or your car.
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They are pretty good ways to try and keep everything alive. Never thought about that stuff. I was thinking I would have to stir the water or something like that.
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Totally basic is using a juice jug, dunking it and pouring the water back in to oxegenate. I have a bubbler that I've used twice and it keeps the water circulating. Costco no sells heavy duty battery back up units, I plan on getting one to keep one pump and the heater running incase of an outage...
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Totally basic is using a juice jug, dunking it and pouring the water back in to oxegenate. I have a bubbler that I've used twice and it keeps the water circulating. Costco no sells heavy duty battery back up units, I plan on getting one to keep one pump and the heater running incase of an outage...
Pumps don't draw much electricity but heaters and chillers do. Keep that in mind. A inexpensive computer UPS is generally 500-1000 watts which will run a computer drawing a couple of hundred watts for a half hour, maybe. Your heater may be 100-400 watts or as much as a computer when it's running.
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A inexpensive computer UPS is generally 500-1000 watts which will run a computer drawing a couple of hundred watts for a half hour, maybe. Your heater may be 100-400 watts or as much as a computer when it's running.
Agreed, A computer UPS is designed to give you long enough to save your work & get the computer safely shut down in the event of an outage. I recommend a deep cycle marine battery & inverter as well...... a car battery will do, but won't last as long.
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