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  1. General Reef Discussion
    if my power goes out to keep my critters alive!:cry:
  2. TCMAS
    With all of the money we have invested in critters I decided it was time to buy some insurance in the form of a battery backup system. I have been running a Penn-Plax Silent Air B11 which will aerate the tank for up to 72 hours on a single pair of D-cells. But I wanted something more...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Well, I think it's time for me to protect my tank from power outages. I have a car battery and just got a trickle charger. How do I get the battery to supply power automatically to the return pump when the power goes out? If my pump is on the same strip as everything else, how do I get the...
  4. TCMAS
    thankfully we made it through the storm just fine here in south minneapple but it got me thinking nonetheless. especially seeing my reefing elders derek, david and everyone else in the north stuck... i've had a deep cycle marine battery sitting in my garage for that one time a year i fire up...
  5. TCMAS
    Hey All, I'm without power. I do have a deep cycle marine battery hooked up to my tank to keep things going. I hooked them up to the tunzes, since they are low power pumps. However, does anyone have a backup I could borrow just in case? I would think it should last long enough for the...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    Good Sunday Morning, Everybody! :) All attention in the South is on Dennis as it churns its way toward the panhandle and Gulf states. I hope all our friends in its path have either evacuated or are battened down in a safe place. Weather here in the hills is peaceful this morning and I'll...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    K. Almost had one last night...so now I'm trying to be retroactively proactive! ;) What's the best thing to do in the event of a power outage? (other than having a generator). How long do I have before it's impossible to recover? If it's shorter than that time, what are some things I can...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I am interested into backing my tanks up with some batterys in the event of a power outage. Does anyone have any experience putting something like this together?
  9. TCMAS
    Can someone kindly point me in the direction of which battery backup system I should buy? and also where I should buy it from? We had a power outage last week that only lasted a few hours, but that was enough to scare me into realizing that I need to buy one now! I'd like to have one that you...
  10. TCMAS
    I'm watching lighting all around me tonight as I cool off by standing in my kid's wading pool and taking a few practice swings with an old steel shaft driver:p , I was wondering what everyone does in case of a power outage. I know short term you can just make sure the sump starts up ok, but...
  11. TCMAS
    At the February meeting a few people mentioned a battery back up that can be wired in parallel with multiple deep cycle batteries. Well after 3 1/2 hours of no power and no sleep last night I am ready to talk a little more about them. :) Does any one have a model number or brand name of this...
  12. Equipment, Start-up, and Education Archive
    With Tropical Storm Faye heading our way I'm making sure we've got flashlights, radio, batteries, etc. But what about my reef? Any suggestions on what to do should we loose power for an extended period of time? The only thing I can think of is taking a cup and filling it with water from the...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    I have seen other discussions about homemade back up systems. So with that in mind, I thought I would share this. www.heartlandamerica.com has AC inverters that convert DC (12v) to 120v AC. They have a 175W RMS (400W Peak) unit for 29.99 all the way up to their 3000W RMS (6000w Peak) for...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Does anyone know how to figure out how long a UPS battery backup will last with a pump? I know thewre is a mathmatical way to figure it out but I'm not sure how to do it. I'm looking at getting a APC 2200 or 3000 UPS unit at 1800W and 2250W respectively and I have a MAg 18 Pump rated at 145W. I...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    You brought back memories, bill A decade ago when we Manilans had to endure daily 8-hour blackouts --or brownouts, as we called them, merchants had a field day selling generators and power-storage devices. In time, everyone pretty much migrated towards generators (we consigned the...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    A fellow reefer on RC just had a tragedy, losing fish due to lack of surface agitation/oxygenation when the tank ran without a skimmer for several hours. The skimmer provided the only means of surface agitation during that time. We have all read reports from other reefers where such losses...
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