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Old June 6th 05, 02:59 PM
Robert M.
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does anyone have a backup power source for their aquarium? I imagin that
there are people that have expensive setups and cant risk losing what theyve
worked for just becuase of a circuit break or surge or even a black out. any
thoughts? name brands, technical info?? what ever comes to mind.


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Old June 6th 05, 06:24 PM
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....Once I saw plans for a do it yourself project online somewhere, but
the basis was a battery charger plugged into the wall, then to a 12
volt deep cycle battery, then to a power inverter. The inverter draws
from the charger until the power goes out, then from the battery.

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Old June 7th 05, 04:02 AM
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"Robert M." wrote in message
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does anyone have a backup power source for their aquarium? I imagin
that there are people that have expensive setups and cant risk
losing what theyve worked for just becuase of a circuit break or
surge or even a black out. any thoughts? name brands, technical
info?? what ever comes to mind.


For most systems, a simple battery-backup air pump will keep the
gas-exchange going long enough for the power to come back on. I have
one on all my "serious" tanks.
There are cases, obviously, where you experience frequent,
lengthy outages, or where the inhabitants are so sensetive that even
a minor decrease in water quality during a power outage could result
in death. Really, if you can afford critters of this type, and the
equipment to care for them, you should be able to afford a small
generator. A decent generator with auto-start costs less than a good
chiller.


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Old June 7th 05, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Billy
"Robert M." wrote in message
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does anyone have a backup power source for their aquarium? I imagin
that there are people that have expensive setups and cant risk
losing what theyve worked for just becuase of a circuit break or
surge or even a black out. any thoughts? name brands, technical
info?? what ever comes to mind.


For most systems, a simple battery-backup air pump will keep the
gas-exchange going long enough for the power to come back on. I have
one on all my "serious" tanks.
There are cases, obviously, where you experience frequent,
lengthy outages, or where the inhabitants are so sensetive that even
a minor decrease in water quality during a power outage could result
in death. Really, if you can afford critters of this type, and the
equipment to care for them, you should be able to afford a small
generator. A decent generator with auto-start costs less than a good
chiller.
You could try scouring the pages of Ebay for a UPS (Uninteruptable power supply) This would take out power surges/spikes and give you power for a time depending on what size you go for. I would use it only for heater/stat as filters and air pumps are generally not required desprately for a short time. Depending on your setup of course?

Steve
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Old June 9th 05, 05:23 PM
Robert M.
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ok, thanks, i was mostly with keeping my aquarium completely operational.
filter/lights/heater/air pump/uv sterilizer. mainly keeping water running
throught the uv steri.. but it wouldnt matter anyway cuase if i lost power
the filter would stop and around the same time as uv sterilizer. only reason
im concerned at all is cause i just went trough an elecrical fire due to an
old cable line in under grround, nobody got hurt but every piece of gear (
from traffic lights to indoor lights) flickered a whole lot...
"papalulu" wrote in message
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Billy Wrote:
"Robert M." wrote in message
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does anyone have a backup power source for their aquarium? I imagin
that there are people that have expensive setups and cant risk
losing what theyve worked for just becuase of a circuit break or
surge or even a black out. any thoughts? name brands, technical
info?? what ever comes to mind.-

For most systems, a simple battery-backup air pump will keep the
gas-exchange going long enough for the power to come back on. I have
one on all my "serious" tanks.
There are cases, obviously, where you experience frequent,
lengthy outages, or where the inhabitants are so sensetive that even
a minor decrease in water quality during a power outage could result
in death. Really, if you can afford critters of this type, and the
equipment to care for them, you should be able to afford a small
generator. A decent generator with auto-start costs less than a good
chiller.


You could try scouring the pages of Ebay for a UPS (Uninteruptable
power supply) This would take out power surges/spikes and give you
power for a time depending on what size you go for. I would use it only
for heater/stat as filters and air pumps are generally not required
desprately for a short time. Depending on your setup of course?

Steve


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Old June 24th 05, 05:52 PM
EGMono
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Isn't it the other way around... AFAIK water makes a good insulator and
will hold temperature for a while, but the gas exchange should be kept
up. Here's a thought (more like another question) as the temperature
starts to drop, wouldn't the fish, being exothermic, slow down in
activity requiring less oxygen? Plus colder water holds more oxygen?
Plus CO2 buildup makes fish sleepy? Or am I just justifying spending my
emergency funds on snacks?

You could try scouring the pages of Ebay for a UPS (Uninteruptable
power supply) This would take out power surges/spikes and give you
power for a time depending on what size you go for. I would use it only
for heater/stat as filters and air pumps are generally not required
desprately for a short time. Depending on your setup of course?

Steve


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