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Well-Summer is near & it seems every year we have at least 2 outages that last 1/2-to a full day. Any ideas on how I can prepare for such an incident. I would like to be able to run at least one of my HOB & Air pump. If an outage occurs in the Winter I would also need to run my heater. Anyone use a battery back up system for their aquariums. Can anyone recommend one which is reasonably priced. Thanks
 

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The only battery backup systems I'm familiar with are APC UPS units for computers. But, I really don't know what kind of life they have. They could probably run an air pump for quite a while, but a heater would drain them pretty quickly.

I have a battery-powered air pump that I use when the power goes out. I just have a stone on the end of a tube and let that circulate the water. Usually in the summer, the heater doesn't run much anyway, and any heat loss is minimal. In the winter, I just bundle up the tank with a thick blanket to insulate the tank. In the event of a long outage, water changes with appropriate temperature water becomes necessary.

Of course, the other route is a generator.
 

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I was thinking about APC. All i really would need to do in run an air stone. Good idea about putting a heavy blanket of the tank in the winter.
 

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I saw some kind of filter battery backup at petsmart today. Prolly a computer one would work just as well. I didn't look at it really close but it works the same way. If the power goes out, it kicks on.
 
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