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Battery back ups

Tiffany

Supporting Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2016
Location
SW Houston
So after reading about the generator discussion going on, and realizing I don't have 10k to spend on a generator, I wanted to get some input on decent battery powered back up pumps, air stones and battery packs for the next time the power goes out. I also would like to hear of suggestions for a good battery back up to use on a daily basis as we seem to have regular power fluctuations and it doesn't make the apex happy!

Anyone used them? I've heard a few people mention battery powered air stones saving lives during hurricanes so all their critters and corals don't die.

Thanks!

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reeftopia

Vice - President
Board Member
Joined
Jan 2, 2009
Location
montgomery tx, lake conroe area
Tiffany my backups are redundant. Along with a generator I have battery backup air when electric goes off the air comes on. Foster smith has them for about $65.
I also have a marine battery under the tank on trickle charge, that will power air for possibly a couple days. And if it goes dead just put it in the car and charge it back up that way
 
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Tiffany

Tiffany

Supporting Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2016
Location
SW Houston
Oh ok, thanks for the idea! I will look into that

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jqsquared

Guest
Joined
Nov 26, 2012
Location
Cypress
The battery backups with air stones work especially when your not sure when the power will come back on. Even though I started the whole generator thing after several outages in the cypress area over the past month or so was enough to make me think about getting prepared rather than a last ditch effort of running out to petsmart/petco which actually happened.

I also have a decent sized inverter that I can plug into the car and run, my game plan was to hook up the wave makers or return pump to the inverter and just run the car for 30 minutes or so every couple of hours. Probably not the best idea but i think it will work. Suppose it just depends on what you have in the tank and how desperate or how long you have to do it.
 

Mark L.

Moved On
Joined
Oct 8, 2010
Location
The Woodlands
I use the Ecotech battery backups for my MP40s & MP60s. They work great for the few hours I'm at work. Once I get home if the power is still out I will pull the generator out of the garage and fire it up. It's a gas powered one from Home Depot. It will run all day on a couple gallons of gas.
 
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