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Old 05-05-2014, 09:35 AM   #11
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Depending on the number of tanks you have and the number of heaters I recommend getting a power generator that connects and runs from your home natural gas line. They cost around $3,000 from Costco including installation. You can go 50-60% cheaper using a gasoline powered generator. In my experience all the battery backups that use D cell batteries will not last more than 1 hour. You need to have really valuable fish or love your fish a lot to spend this much money.

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Old 05-05-2014, 01:27 PM   #12
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You would do best with a UPS. Around $120 and you can keep filters alive for quite awhile. Add backup batteries and you, without question, will have the filters running for days. Play it right and you can exchange batteries every day or so and charge off of your truck.

The generator is also certainly viable. Making your own power after a tornado is certainly worthy of a premium price.

Also, I don't know exactly what you ask out of a contingency plan, but to me, it is absolute essentials. No lights, no heat, no auxiliary devices. Just the filter and "enough" aeration to keep the fish alive.

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Old 05-05-2014, 03:17 PM   #13
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How long can UPS units last? I was under the impression it was about 500 watts for 15 minutes depending on UPS model. That would be about 1000 minutes running a single HOB filter or 500 minutes running two HOBs which is certainly feasible, practical, and less expensive than a generator.

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Old 05-05-2014, 03:21 PM   #14
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That's about what they're good for. Many now run a computer for two hours or more.

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Old 05-05-2014, 10:41 PM   #15
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Generator that runs the tank, fridge, and ac system, lights etc.

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Old 05-06-2014, 08:47 AM   #16
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A generator is certainly great when you need to run more than the tank. Then you can say "screw contingency." Otherwise I would go with a UPS.

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Battery powered aerators are inexpensive and easy to use (as long as you have good batteries). Mine will run for 2-3 days with super heavy duty batteries. Another inexpensive option is an power inverter. They run $20-40 at any big chain store depending on the number of outlets. They plug into your vehicle power outlet and provide actual outlets to plug things into. A generator, without a doubt, is the best (and by far most expensive) option and has saved my fish and my sanity on multiple occasions.
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Do you know of any good brand power inverters? I bought one from BJs wholesale many years ago and it fried the cigarette lighter jack in my SUV. All I plugged in was a laptop computer AC Adaptor... I need a reliable power inverter but don't know the best one to get.

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Do you know of any good brand power inverters? I bought one from BJs wholesale many years ago and it fried the cigarette lighter jack in my SUV. All I plugged in was a laptop computer AC Adaptor... I need a reliable power inverter but don't know the best one to get. Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Aquarium Advice mobile app
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Better yet, you can ask an electrical contractor. We usually put in Generac.

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