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Old 07-21-2022, 01:25 PM   #1
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Air backup system.

Hello all,

I hope this finds you well. Recently I went out of town for an extended period of time. During that period my power went out and stoped all my filters and pumps.

Out of the 3 tanks I have set up, 2 of them came back online. Sadly, 1 tank never came back up and sat stagnate for 3 days before I could return.
I ended up only loosing 1 fish, but 1 is still to many for something I could have potentially midigated.

The idea I have been toying with is a solilinoid actuated backup system specifically for the delivery of o2 to agitate the tanks surface.

What I have come up with thus far is a using a 1 gallon potriable compressor tank (the ones without an attached compressor) that is plumed into the tank with an air stone. If the power ever went out, the solinoid would open and allow air to flow into the tank and agitate the surface of the water.

The pluming would obviouly include an inline air filter and a PSI regulator, as well as the O2 having been filtered and dried out before being compressed.

The advantages of this system are that is consumes no electricty once activated. It would only be a redundant system incase of power failure and it would activate automatically without my intervention.

I understand there are numerous batery and UPS systems on the market that would allow me to acomplish the same task with using an off the shelf air pump, but I have yet to find a system that fits exactly what I want/need it to do.

I also understand that like a UPS backup, it will only last for a short amout of time (depending on PSI in the tank).

Is a system like this even possible? Has anyone ever experimented with this type of concept?

Any input would be great! Thanks

Btw, all my tanks are curently freahwater only. I have yet to dabble in saltwater aquatics.

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Old 04-17-2023, 03:53 AM   #2
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Hey man sorry to hear that. I use the USB air pumps from aquarium co op. Im sure there are others too. You can also buy battery powered air pumps on line. They go into a battery pack that turns on if the power goes out. This way you can still run air stone or sponge filter on the tank. Hope it helps good luck
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