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Old 02-05-2014, 11:34 PM   #1
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Power outage

Lost power at 5am now 10:30pm have a mixed reef and the water is now down in the low 60s what can I do to try and save my tank
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:11 AM   #2
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You can get a power converter and car battery to run the equipment. Cost you around 100 bucks and found at either Lowes or Home Depot. I keep one for back up in case something like that would ever happen.
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Warm open bottles of tank or RO water cap them and drop them into the tank to slowly bring the temperature up. Wrap your than to insulate it with blankets or towels. Stir the water to keep it moving and oxygenated. Good Luck!
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I used to put a blanket over my tank or most of it, when and if I lost power. It helped maintain the temp for longer.
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If you still have gas, maybe try and boil some tank water or rodi water. Pour it in slowly. Also cover your tank and wrap it in towels, it should help it to stay from getting cooler. Other than that if day buy a generator or get a hold of one.
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Floating water bottles does little to raise the temp, but it can hold the temp steady (I found this out yesterday when I lost power). Boiling tank water, or RO water to top off is your best bet, just be *super* careful when adding it. Depending on the size of the tank, you may not need to boil it, just bring it up to 90-100F so that the tank temp increases slowly.

Heaters kill UPS batteries, so either an inverter for the heaters, or a generator, are the only things that will keep a tank alive through the long run.
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As a short term back up a computer UPS ( uninterrupted power supply ) will work short term. Depending how large it is and how many watts you draw from it it could keep you running for several hours. For longer outages a inverter or generated will be needed. I use a 1000 watt inverter and my boat battery's or car battery in a long term outage. During a outage I'll run only the heater and a small return pump.
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Like I said, a UPS will be drained in under an hour with a heater running. I have a 1500VA UPS, and a 75W heater in my 20G tank. When the heater is on, I get ~45 minutes out of the battery.
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UPS are a total waste to run a heater, they will run a ph for 3-4 hours, the only practical solution for power outage is a generator, so it is just like everything else in running a reef, a required piece of equipment, the only difference is the side benefit of power to your house.
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Power outage

You can use a larger inverter (2000-3000 watts) connected to your car engine. Car has to sit and idle, but that's better than losing everything. Cars also start easier and more dependably than any generator will. Otherwise be sure to use a fuel additive and start the generator at least every 30 days and let it run 5 minutes. Keeps the jets clear. I am in emergency management and we obviously use generators all the time, big ones, little ones. Honda makes the best consumer generators by far. EU2000 is a deluxe one to use. I have a Chinese built diesel generator in my garage that will power the whole house including the reef. But it weights a ton and a half. Diesel doesn't go flat like gas does, so with a trickle charger on the battery it has been very dependable, if not quiet.
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