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Old 09-30-2009, 01:58 PM   #1
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Power outages

I've had three power outages in two weeks. I have been lucky in that it has happened on cool days and one from 9pm to 3am. My bioload is quite small, but I was wondering how some of you handle these types of problems?
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You can get battery operated air pumps at most LFS. Fishing supply stores, and even places like WalMart. They're relatively inexpensive, and work great in a pinch.
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Xantrex PowerSource 400 for short 1-2 hour outages. Good enough to run low wattage pumps/powerheads for a while... can run heaters too as long as they aren't on long or too high of wattage.

Generator for the longer outages.
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Let's hope that the third time is the charm. I think it's a faulty line transformer and it keeps tripping the whole subdivision. I Know, I know, I know....Where's the Tang police when you want them..
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a small generator will be fine. I have a 5Kw, it runs the whole house.
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You can also use a couple of marine deep cycle batteries connected to an inverter which would give you a couple hours of power (a lot of people in my neck of the woods use this method because they live in apartment bldgs) or of course a generator, Honda makes some really good ones that are quiet. Don't forget to call your utility and file a complaint, I don't know how it works in your area but in NY if a power outage causes any losses the Utility is liable.
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Good information, Thanks everyone...
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i use a generator also but the batteries are a great idea as well....
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I have a couple of generators as well, but the problem with generators is that they aren't always in everyones budget. Generators can get pretty expensive. This is why I usually suggest battery powered aerators. They're cheap, and will give you a few hour power on a pair of AA batteries (which most people already have set aside for emergency situations)
Also, I use the battery aerators for transporting fish. If I have to drive across the state to pick up a new fish, a cooler full of water and an aerator make for an easy, worry free transport.
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But if it is within your means (financially), a generator is a great investment.
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