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Old 01-05-2004, 08:41 AM   #1
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I got One! Question. . .

Hello again everyone.

I bought my first saltwater tank this weekend! It’s a 1 year old, 90 gallon set-up that was already torn down (the guy is moving). All-Glass Cherry stand, canopy, and drilled tank. Coralife Metal Halide lighting with 1 month old 10,000K German lamps, Sump with Wet/Dry, pumps, etc., Turboflotor 1000 skimmer, CustomSeaLife UV Sterilizer, and a WaveMaster Pro wavemaker w/3 power heads.

My wife’s part of the deal is that she didn’t/doesn’t want the dark cherry stand in her living room. I debated painting the stand & canopy brighter colors, but decided to order the All-Glass Oak cabinetry (the cherry will be for sale soon). I’m hoping to be up and running as soon as Saturday. I will be setting up a reef with a few fish.

My first question is:
We lose power often enough to be a problem. In fact, maybe it’s an omen, but we lost power for 2 hours on the day I bought it. I will be buying a generator very, very soon. I cannot afford an automatically switching generator. So, my question is: What can I use as a battery back-up to automatically keep the main pump (60 watt) running for 4-8 hours until I get home from work, etc. and can fire up the generator? Can I use a UPS like those you use on computers? Any better, not too expensive options?


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Yes, you can use the UPS for computer systems. Just watch the wattage of the one you buy. No guaranty it will push it for 4-8 hours though. Something you'll just have to test.

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