Storm Season among us. Power outage readiness!!!

Discussion in 'Tank Emergency' started by HBK's Lagoon, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Neptune 555

    Neptune 555 Active Member

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    What size tank and bioload lasted on a single air stone? I have battery powered pumps that auto start when power is out. I have always wondered how long that would keep my tank alive? I have a 100 gallon with 2 tangs / pygmy angel / large wrasse / blue spotted puffer / 3 chromis.
     
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    Neptune 555 Active Member

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    I am having generac come to our house in 2 weeks... is that an auto start generator? My fear is power out when I am on vacation. If home I can start my generator. If not home it will be a sad story.
     
  3. fishybizzness

    fishybizzness Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    You can buy them either with or without an automatic transfer switch. I bought mine with a 200 amp transfer switch. It is a lot cheaper to buy them together as the switch by itself is almost $1000. When the power goes off, the generator starts up about 10 seconds later. It warms up for about 10 more seconds and then the switch kicks in and powers the whole house. I have my apex plugged into a ups so nothing really loses power as the ups can run no problem for the 20 seconds it takes the generator to kick in. 1545942665497.jpeg 1545942692306.jpeg
     
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    Great thread! Any suggestions on what battery packs are best/easiest to plug a heater and an air stone into? I guess some air stones are battery powered? Thanks!
     
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  5. Brad Shook

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    I made one of these for all of my nano tanks,

    Parts list:
    Emergency light
    Small dc air pump

    Replace one or both of the lights with the air pump.
     
  6. Nathan Milender

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    I have a 22kw getting installed to run my whole house on Monday. I have been wanting one for a while as I live somewhere the power goes out frequently although not in the last 7 months. That is a large generator but I need to also run my septic pump and well pump so I figure might as well power the whole house. It was about 3000 dollars difference to go from 7 kW to 22kw installed and the install includes a whole house surge protector. I hope the power does not go out this weekend before it is done with this huge storm coming through.

    So, if the power does go out, and I have no batteries, just a small small battery powered air stone, what can I do? How long does my tank have? I am thinking it is totally screwed in 12 hours. Longest power outage in my neighborhood was 3 days 6 years ago.
     
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  7. SuncrestReef

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    You will love the 22kw generator! Mine was installed last October and it provides so much peace of mind.

    In the meantime, if your power goes out, there are a few things you can do manually. The most important thing for corals is flow, so periodically stirring the tank water will really help the corals. As the water temperature starts to drop, you can use warm water in a plastic bag or plastic bottle floating in your sump to substitute for a heater. Just be sure to use a thermometer to make sure the tank water doesn't get too warm.

    Once you get your generator, I'd still recommend using a small battery backup to keep things running until the generator automatically kicks on if you're using an Apex or other type of controller. The generator will not provide a 100% seamless cutover, so you'll want the battery to keep things running for that 30 - 60 seconds before the power is switched to generator.
     
  8. Nathan Milender

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    Have you had issues with the one minute turnover such as the apex losing settings or screwing up the light settings? I was going to let this go figuring I turn things off longer than that for a feeding.
     
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    My battery backup keeps my entire Apex system running during the 60 seconds between the power going out and the generator turning on, so the lights and pumps just keep running the whole time. My battery can last about 3 minutes or so with everything on, so I don’t bother shutting anything down.
     
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  10. Scott Ulrich

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    I have 4 tanks and finally got a generator this winter when power went out for 2 days. The first 12 hours temp dropped so quickly, cold here in ohio... I was boiling water to dilute and add to try and keep the temps close to 70F. I don't think the fish would make it through the night so I went out and bought a generator. I wish I wouldn't have waited until an emergency. I understand that living in an apartment probably not an option, but for everyone else there is really no substitute.
     
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    SandJ Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Any thoughts on this power inverter?


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  12. joeyamador

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    To all.. I have a generator that is key start... However, I also have a large power inverter in my truck that can run quite a few things.. it is quieter than a generator and my diesel truck can run for almost three days if I'm not driving... food for thought in an emergency and it is cheaper than a generator. Redundancy!!(works best with a 12 gauge extension cord to limit voltage drop.) Fyi
    Next house we build we are investing in the Tesla battery for the house with solar charging capability so we can do away with the generator..
     
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    How much is that unit? Whats it called? Thanks
     
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    This is what I do I just plug it into a power strip for all my equipment lol jk
     
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