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Old 06-11-2008, 12:18 PM
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FYI Stan and Deb had this to say:

http://saltaquarium.about.com/b/2008...wer-outage.htm
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for the time when you're home and awake, though, you could give the batteries a rest and just scoop water out of the tank and dump it back in - it cools the water, as Kathy said, and it provides tons of oxygen exchange as it not only breaks the surface tension (CRITICAL) but also infuses the tank water with big bubbles (particularly if you dump the water fast from high up)

in about 30 hours with no power a few summers ago, I floated frozen RO/DI water and did the scooping of water out and dumping it back in every 20 minutes. I went 30 to 40 minutes during the night (that was painful!) but didn't lose fish or softies (that was before LPS for me...)
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Old 06-17-2008, 11:36 AM
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or you can do what i did a few years ago and take out your 18v drill, a 1" paddle drill bit and duct tape a wooden spatula or spoon to it, tape the trigger 1/2 way down and put that into your reef.

i got about 4 hours out of a full battery charge and had to precariously perch the drill so that it didn't fall into the reef -so, be careful.

I also have 2 batteries if needed

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UPS and Generator is the way to go. Wednesday I lost power for about 20 hrs.



It went out at 9:00 Tuesday night. At that time I setup a Hydor Koralia 4 in a APC UPS 1500 pointed towards the top of the tank. That lasted all night. Wednesday when I saw the power was not back up, setup the Generator. That ran till 4:00 before I got power back.



After power was restored, I did a 20% water change just to be sure. Everything made it with no problems...

Home Depot has small inexpensive ones for camping if you don't have the room.
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Thanks for the reminder Kathy! I bought 4 heavy duty battery operated air pumps for my tanks.
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I found this interesting solar powered air pump on ebay that is relatively cheap considering the cost of a battery powered one. I was wondering if anyone here has one.
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I found this interesting solar powered air pump on ebay that is relatively cheap considering the cost of a battery powered one. I was wondering if anyone here has one.
Do you have a link to the item?
Interesting thought but I'd be concerned about how long it would hold a charge and you'd be up a creek if the sun wasn't out and it needed charging.
For the price of the battery operated units, I'd certainly feel safer with a supply of those rather than depend on the sun to be shining

Keep those ideas coming..we've just started summertime officially!
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Here you go: http://cgi.ebay.com/Solar-Fish-Aquar...QQcmdZViewItem

I don't know how many people keep their tanks near a window so I doubt this is useful. If your tank happens to be near sunlight you can run this during the day and save your battery powered one for when the sun goes down.
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Here you go: http://cgi.ebay.com/Solar-Fish-Aquar...QQcmdZViewItem

I don't know how many people keep their tanks near a window so I doubt this is useful. If your tank happens to be near sunlight you can run this during the day and save your battery powered one for when the sun goes down.
I would want to buy one, can someone ask him what is the air pump rated (Wts)? - I don't have my secure ID on me today...
I can buy more than one so we can save on shipping! I'm on Manhattan near GCT 5 days a week!
Anyone?
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