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Old 11-17-2017, 04:20 AM
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Lightbulb Backup power - what you got?

First year reefing and after a few of the natural disasters down south I got to wondering what might happen if I lose power. I've never really cared if I lost power until now... it would crush me to lose my fish and coral to an outage.

There seems to be no real consensus online so I'm interested to hear what others here are doing!

1. What do you use for backup power?
2. What equipment is plugged in to it?
3. Tank size?
4. Any other general prep?
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Old 11-17-2017, 05:11 AM
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I have a 3 kilowat generator that my husband plugs not only my 150 gal display tank, 75 gal refugium, 40 gal sump, 20 gal top off tank, 65 gal freshwater set-up, he also plugs in our refrigerator, tv and an outlet to the next door neighbour.

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Old 11-17-2017, 05:13 AM
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I have a 3 kilowatt generator that my husband plugs not only my 150 gal display tank, 75 gal refugium, 40 gal sump, 20 gal top off tank, and 65 gal freshwater set-up, he also plugs in our refrigerator, tv and an outlet to the next door neighbour.

In North Vancouver, I highly recommend a generator. We have used ours 3/4 times in 2/3 years.

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Old 11-17-2017, 02:03 PM
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I have two of those little battery air pumps that come on automatically if they sense a loss of power. That gives me lots of time to return home (assuming I'm out when it happens) and plug a couple essentials into a small generator. 225gal display, 100gal sump.
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Old 11-17-2017, 02:39 PM
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I have two of those little battery air pumps that come on automatically if they sense a loss of power. That gives me lots of time to return home (assuming I'm out when it happens) and plug a couple essentials into a small generator. 225gal display, 100gal sump.
Could you tell me where you bought the battery air pump from? Thanks
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Old 11-17-2017, 02:53 PM
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Could you tell me where you bought the battery air pump from? Thanks
Reef Supplies and J&L have them.
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Old 11-17-2017, 05:32 PM
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I have a 3 kilowatt generator that my husband plugs not only my 150 gal display tank, 75 gal refugium, 40 gal sump, 20 gal top off tank, and 65 gal freshwater set-up, he also plugs in our refrigerator, tv and an outlet to the next door neighbour.

In North Vancouver, I highly recommend a generator. We have used ours 3/4 times in 2/3 years.

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Woah, that's pretty awesome! I'm in an apartment so I don't know that a generator would work unless I tossed it on the patio.
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I have two of those little battery air pumps that come on automatically if they sense a loss of power. That gives me lots of time to return home (assuming I'm out when it happens) and plug a couple essentials into a small generator. 225gal display, 100gal sump.
I know what I'm getting this weekend.... thanks for this!
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:00 PM
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I bought a battery powered air pump in the fishing section of Cabella's. Its awesome, 2 D batteries pump air through an airstone for about 12 hours. I've used it at least 10 times on my 125. For longer outages I have a generator but its still in the box, haven't had to bust that out yet...
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Old 11-17-2017, 09:04 PM
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"Rocketfish" computer power backup. return pump and wavemakers plugged in. says 75min power but if the lights go out the wavemakers go into night mode and then goes to 145mins. Never had the power go out here more than 40mins in my whole life living in Calgary.
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