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Old 02-13-2004, 06:52 PM   #1
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Azoo Battery Backup Pump vs. UPS

I'm a newbie who got a 25 gal Eclipse show combo for Christmas. As a computer guy who has an APC battery back-up, having something to keep my aquarium going during a power outage seems like a good idea. My first inclination is to get an APC battery back-up (I know most of the affordable ones aren't actual uninterruptible power supplies), but I know I need to get one that provides true sine-wave output because that's what AC electric motors like. But could I afford one that could run the system for 28 hours? The Eclipse filter motor draws about 20 watts.

I mention that because then there's the Azoo Battery Backup Pump. It says it will run for 28 hours on battery power in a 50 seconds on, 50 seconds off mode. That sounds great. And especially since I was considering the possibility of toning down the turbulence from the outflow of my Eclipse filter in order to make it more angelfish friendly, I might need some oxygenation supplementation anyway. The drawbacks are: It may add more clutter to the clean design of my Eclipse setup. The pump may be noisy. Pluses could be: People think bubble curtains look cool.

Does anyone here have an Azoo Battery Backup Pump?

Does anyone here recommend a particular battery backup/UPS?

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Old 02-24-2004, 04:06 PM   #2
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I got the Azoo Battery Backup Pump. It's really neat, but it's also kinda loud, though I've never had an air pump before so I have nothing to judge it against. One reason I like the Eclipse setup I have is that it's pretty darn quiet. So I turn off the air pump when it bugs me, turn it on when I want to look at the pretty bubbles or when I'm not around. And now I don't have to worry too much about power outages.
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