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meg
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PostPosted: 2003.08.27(Wed)16:51    Post subject: Battery Operated Filter?? Reply with quote

Hi all,
I've got, yet, another problem, and its been bugging me for a while:
The power hear shuts off regularly (lots of storms and connection failures, and whatnot), and often for many hours, or even a day. Is there anything I can do to prevent my fish from suffocating? and what about when I am not home?

thanks!
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Irons
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Joined: 27 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: 2003.08.27(Wed)18:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen a battery operated filter. There are battery air pumps. You may want to look into a UPS (Universal Power Supply). It's a big AC battery. You can get them in various sizes. Or you may want to looking to getting a gas powered generator. This way you can run it for a few hours a day.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.27(Wed)20:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

even the smallest UPS will keep your filter running for hours, as they are designed to keep computers running for 15 to 30min. Computers are several 100Watts, filters are between 10 and 20watts.

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PostPosted: 2003.09.19(Fri)19:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen air pumps that are designed to switch to battery power when the power goes off.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_Display.cfm?siteid=6&pCatId=8120
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anonapersona
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PostPosted: 2003.09.19(Fri)20:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

The UPS desgned for computers are wrong for aquariums. Do some research, I haven't got the details.

If you have a lightly stocked planted tank with some patchy natural sunlight, and the room temp does not get too bad when the power is out, you might be OK.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.19(Fri)20:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to get really serious.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=45956
Type in generator in the search by keyword category, they aren't all $2,799 although if you're power goes out that much a Universal Power Supply for your whole house wouldn't be a bad idea if you can afford it.
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