Storm Season among us. Power outage readiness!!!

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I just UPS'd my return, skimmer, and reactor... Basically the whole sump... Cyberpower 1500 ups. Need to test how long it would run the sump for in the event of a power outtage.. I can easily remove the reactor (aquamax f-rs Pump power consumption: 2.8 - 6 Watts) and skimmer (reef oct 150int power consumption 18w) if need be but those pumps are only sip power... the return pump is a rio 3100 which pulls 73w... I am thinking about swapping the return for a Fluval SP2 @ 58w and the same gph. The rio came with the tank and has got to be four years old or more..
 

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Haha I can’t afford a generator usually is a few days to week until I can borrow one. But I’m with you plenty of beer and my tank is in a room that has direct sunlight through one window but not close enough for direct. It will be an interesting hurricane season.
You can get a generator for under $500. $400 for one that is more than enough to run a reef, your fridge, computer and a few other things. Especially if you only run what you absolutely need for the reef.

I'm betting it would cost that much just to replace the coral and fish.
 

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You can get a generator for under $500. $400 for one that is more than enough to run a reef, your fridge, computer and a few other things. Especially if you only run what you absolutely need for the reef.

I'm betting it would cost that much just to replace the coral and fish.
But you really need to be careful on if it is a standard generator or an inverter generator, or even a hybrid. Normal generators wreak havoc on pumps and electronics.
 

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But you really need to be careful on if it is a standard generator or an inverter generator, or even a hybrid. Normal generators wreak havoc on pumps and electronics.
Interesting. I've never had to use mine. So like surges and such?
 
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A regular generator does not provide what you would call clean AC voltage. It is not a pure sine-wave. Because of this I used to have pumps make horrible noises. There was not way they were not being damaged. Since I just got started back into the hobby I went ahead and picked up a hybrid model, a Champion.
 

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Good afternoon everyone, I wanted to make this thread to give myself and others who live in Florida and other outlying states who are affected by hurricanes and other storms which can leave us without power for days to weeks at a time. I am still newish to the hobby and I haven't had my tank up and running long so I haven't experienced a power outage lasting longer than a few minutes while the tank has been up and running. Anyone who has a good plan of action that will work on the smallest to largest sizes of tanks. I myself have a 25gal lagoon. I already have a bubble box and extra batteries, and frozen bottles of water to help oxygen levels and water temp. Any other tips or tricks to help your aquarium survive is greatly appreciated. Also I understand a generator is the best option probably, but I live in an apartment and don't have storage space for one. Thank you to all who post and happy reefing everyone, stay safe during this storm season.
I wish I read this before Sally. I’ve got power, but apparently, no one else does. Still scrambling. I don’t mind helping, but it’s only a 75 gallon tank! Wow! I’m figuring it out, as we go...
Thank you, I’ve definitely learned, for next time.
 

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