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    Keep you house/tank warm this winter

    Want to point out that I'm not an electrician.

    Last week I added a plug and recepticle after my switch to my gas furnace.

    In the event of an ice storm or prolonged power outage I am able to unplug the furnace and plug it into the generator.


    My thermostat has a battery back up.

    By heating the house I hope I can get away with a 200w heater and a couple of powerheads.
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    Many mixed corals and clams.
    65G fuge in basement.
    Mag 24 return,RODI,2 Phosban reactors and UV.
    620w in DT.

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    good idea, you can never be to well protected.

    we had a 24hr blackout in the middle of the summer a few years back, so many people lost everything. i aerated my tanks using an acrylic paddle to keep the water moving and luckily lost nothing but sleep.

    how many watts is the generator rated for?
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    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
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    Mine is only 1200w but you can buy much bigger.

    Yes,I remember the black out.

    It won't run the AC in the summer but it will supply the oxygen our tanks need(power heads).

    But mostly,it will heat my house if anything bad happens during the winter.
    100G Reef
    Purple,Blue,Yellow and Sailfin Tangs.Damsel,Clown and Coral Beauty,Fosters Hawkfish.
    Many mixed corals and clams.
    65G fuge in basement.
    Mag 24 return,RODI,2 Phosban reactors and UV.
    620w in DT.

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    Don't those D battery powered bubble makers that airate the water, work?

    I bought one just for that reason. As long as you have batteries you can supply your tank with water. You plug the device in, and when the power goes out, it kicks on the batteries. It doens't come on until the power goes off.
    And it cost me 20 bucks. LOL
    It's a "silent air b11"

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    Yeah, those air pumps work fine, for 20-30 hours, to help aerate the tank.

    They don't help keep the tank water warm though. I know that isn't your BIGGEST concern on a Caribbean Island, but, you do remember Canada right? ;-)

    I have a PC type battery backup that I want to hook up to run something like a maxijet to keep the sump exchanging with the display (it won't be killer flow, but, just enough to keep some turnover).

    I have a 6500 Watt (sadly, not automatic) diesel generator. It should actually run my house AC (not much more though) or everything but the AC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGGUNSAR View Post
    Don't those D battery powered bubble makers that airate the water, work?

    I bought one just for that reason. As long as you have batteries you can supply your tank with water. You plug the device in, and when the power goes out, it kicks on the batteries. It doens't come on until the power goes off.
    And it cost me 20 bucks. LOL
    It's a "silent air b11"

    by penn plax
    My apologies,

    this idea was meant for those in cooler climates.
    100G Reef
    Purple,Blue,Yellow and Sailfin Tangs.Damsel,Clown and Coral Beauty,Fosters Hawkfish.
    Many mixed corals and clams.
    65G fuge in basement.
    Mag 24 return,RODI,2 Phosban reactors and UV.
    620w in DT.

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    very nice idea.. I should do the same.. at least I could warm up the house with a tiny generator! A+... I think i'll add this up to my todo list.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve w. View Post
    My apologies,

    this idea was meant for those in cooler climates.
    LOL sorry, ya just get used to having the heat all year round mon LOL

    Sounds like your onto something though.

    Or buy a solar panel for 1 or 2k and it will power your heaters in the tank all for free. Just using daylight.
    90 gal tank
    200 gal power fussion skimmer

    1 firefish, 1 wrasse, 1 juvi yellow tang, 1 watchman gobi
    70 pounds free Live sand,200 pounds free Live rock
    1 power heads,

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    Even solar panels won't work well if they are covered in snow.

    Not a lot of snow in the Grand Caymons.lol.
    100G Reef
    Purple,Blue,Yellow and Sailfin Tangs.Damsel,Clown and Coral Beauty,Fosters Hawkfish.
    Many mixed corals and clams.
    65G fuge in basement.
    Mag 24 return,RODI,2 Phosban reactors and UV.
    620w in DT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGGUNSAR View Post
    Or buy a solar panel for 1 or 2k and it will power your heaters in the tank all for free. Just using daylight.

    only problem is we only get 8 hours of semi-light and a whole lot of darkness when the temp drops even more :b15:
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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