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Old 09-22-2008, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Keeping an aquarium running w/o power

Hurricane Ike motivated me to find a solution to keep my aquarium running for 1 week without power. First, I had to figure out the how much power my setup consumes. To do this I dusted off my Seasonic Power Angel http://www.seasonicusa.com/power_angel.htm and hooked it up to the Belkin surge suppressor that powers my aquarium setup.

My ADA60P has the following: Aqua Medic 150 watt MH, Ehiem Ecco 2234, ADA EL selenoid valve, 2 timers (one for the lights, other for selenoid). Lighting period 6 hrs/day. I monitored the power consumption for 24 hrs. Here are some figures:

Lights out - 16 VA; 10 watts; 0.14 amps
Lights on - 183 VA; 180 watts; 1.55 amps
For the entire 24 hour period the setup used 1.49 kWh

Given this, it seems that a UPS in not a viable option, unless we run the filter only. Short of a generator, I wonder if a 12V car battery hooked up to an inverter might do the trick. Anyone know if this might work in theory at least?

As an aside, my utility charges $0.156/kWh, so it costs me $7/month to keep this thing running.

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Old 09-22-2008, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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a car battery and an inverter would work but without recharging the bat i honestly don't see it running everything past 12-24 hours pending on the size of the battery honestly i would try something with soler cells although i am sure they are expensive
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Good info Filemon! I guess a generator would be the best bet.
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The downside is the noise and CO. There have been a lot of cases of CO poisoning due to generators since the hurricane.
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That is so true. I know there is a NASH member who has tried the car battery option. Maybe he will chime in.
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The downside is the noise and CO. There have been a lot of cases of CO poisoning due to generators since the hurricane.
Wonder if there's any way to take that CO2 and pump some of it back into the tank for the plants......

Seriously, I would think people would not have the generators near an open window... How are they getting poisoned?



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Wonder if there's any way to take that CO2 and pump some of it back into the tank for the plants......
2CO + O2 ----> CO2

We just need to add extra oxygen.

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2CO + O2 ----> CO2

We just need to add extra oxygen.

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Brilliant
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Wonder if there's any way to take that CO2 and pump some of it back into the tank for the plants......

Seriously, I would think people would not have the generators near an open window... How are they getting poisoned?
The roofs have intake vents at underside of the overhang that is supposed to let cool air into the attic as hot air exits at the top of the roof thru the attic vent. If you lived in a single story house its very possible that the generator could be close enough to one of those vents to allow the CO to enter into your attic. Some people also run generators in an open garage that is connected to house and get nuked that way.
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2CO + O2 ----> CO2

We just need to add extra oxygen.

Bhushan
Hey, I'm not a car guy but isn't that what the catalytic converter supposed to do?
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