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Old 05-19-2011, 09:02 PM   #211
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I put my sump on a battery backup like they sell for computers. Figure that will by me a little time if power goes off and thus decrease chances of flooding. Also put my heater on it.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:03 PM   #212
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Flooding shouldn't be an issue so long as you put valves on the piping from the overflows to the sump.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:05 PM   #213
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Of course I suppose is the power goes out and your not home, you should have a large enough sump anyways.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:07 PM   #214
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i always though the check valves go on the return pump thats what really creates a back siphone when the water in the pipes fall back down and suck more in through the return jets

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I put my sump on a battery backup like they sell for computers. Figure that will by me a little time if power goes off and thus decrease chances of flooding. Also put my heater on it.
what size is your UPS? is it goign to supply enough amp hours to supply the pumps and heaters for atleast 20 minutes?
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I don't remember off the top of my head. I figure if I'm home then once I know it won't flood, I can just run the heaters. I've checked several times and the syphon breaks worked, but I just wanted the added protection.
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makes sense, i know there are many different sizes and the normals ones only run a computer for 30minutes to an hour and computers pull next to no power compared to heaters and pumps
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makes sense, i know there are many different sizes and the normals ones only run a computer for 30minutes to an hour and computers pull next to no power compared to heaters and pumps
That statement is untrue... Pumps take next to no power... it's the heaters lets say you have 2 300W heaters and a pump (100W) that's 700W most high end computers take between 500W-1500W. Although the low end computers take 300w-700w and laptops take between 200w-500W
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Yeah my comp has a 1500 watt power supply and I use about 60% most of the time but during a gaming session its over 80%. My comp isnt the norm but I agree with greenmaster unless you have several pumps and heaters a tank wont compare. Also those numbers aren't taking in account for a monitor (energy hog) which backup units also power
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:02 AM   #219
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So I added everything up and of course I'm over budget. LOL

I was going to get this skimmer
Eshopps PSK 150 In Sump Protein Skimmer, 100-150 gal. tank - AquaCave
but I think it will be same as using my remora hang on.

Also, should I replace all the t5's? There are 12 bulbs and they cost over $240. If I cut one or both of these items I would have some extra money for maybe more base rock.

How important are these 2 things? I have no idea when the bulbs were replaced last if thats any help.

Thanks guys, looking forward to some more input. We're getting closer.....
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Almost there Carey.. Cant really hekp ya with your question though.. Cant wait to see the finished product..

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