12 Hour power failure

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  1. martinhal

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    I had a 12 hour power failure. Power back on at 3 this afternoon. Everting looks ok. All corals are open. Fish where swiming normally , not gasping at surface ,while power was off so I assume O2 was ok. Only thing I checked was PH 8.1 , normal for my tank. Copods still alive in sump. Will check for ammonia in the morning.

    If things dont look bad now 7 hours later can I assume all will be ok ?
     
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  3. brentnorm

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    If you have not suffered any ill effects yet you should be ok. Just do some param tests in the next few days.
     
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    Thats what I was hoping to hear. Will post update in the morning.
     
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    Just watch it closely.
     
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    Do you have any Stability to help the bacteria?
     
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    ................. you know why !!
     
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    I would definately dose some Stability.
     
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    Will get some in the morning. Off to bed now ... not going to help watching the tank. Just glad I did not buy that Yellow Tang yesterday.
     
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    Dam - holding thumbs that alls ok.
     
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    REALLY sorry to hear about the power outage.... BUT, GREAT to hear that you have NOT suffered ANY LOSSES! BTW:
    Do you have ANYTHING, ie. battery operated pumps/generator/inverter, etc to stave off any losses in future, if this type of thing might happen again?
     
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    in the event of a power failure. what would be the best option on what pumps to run off a ups? just the return, or should you connect a power head or 2?
     
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    Wilson - this is what I have/do:
    - I have a 12 volt pump, running off a car battery, which I keep charged up using an intelligent electronic charger - I use this as my return pump, for in the case of power failures
    - I also use battery operated pumps....... which I keep permanently connected in my tanks.... they automatically go on when the power fails....

    I have found this to be sufficient to keep my life stock alive - even during 8 hour long outages...

    I also have a generator of course.... which I have tested.... this can keep my WHOLE tank running, except for the metal halide lighting.... (including my skimmer, T5 lighting, and ALL pumps/power-heads).... ;)
    The generator is for long term power outages.....
     
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    cool. so in other words invest in a generator? il jst take my inlaws 5kva one. hope he does not mind,( well he is got no choice) but tank far more important:thumbup:. the things we do to keep our tank running:slayer:
     
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    Cool Wilson! That 5kVA will do the job NICELY! Just explain to them the importance! ;) I am SURE they will understand! ;) LOL!
     
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    Hi Wilson just watch out for running everything straight of the generator try and invest in a small inverter but with true sine wave output and feed the inverter with the gennies power so the inverter act as a filter to "clean" the power coming to your system - as with your tank electrical units also dont like spikes so you might end up blowing your pumps and stuff! check out older threads with inverters and generators more info there!
     
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    Update 48 hours later.
    Have tested for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate all undetectable on Salifert test kits. Will dose Stability for the rest of the week. I assume I would have seen ammonia by now if I had major die off. All corals open and looking normal. Long nose butterfly has some white spots on fins, no difficult breathing or scratching so I hope it’s not Ich. All fish are eating well. Have tossed in some Kent Pro-Tech coat ( all I have on hand) .
    To avoid future problems have taken deep cycle battery and inverter out of Landy ( my other source of amusement and frustration) to run a small return pump and Susun power head. As my biggest issue was temperate drop - will look at what heating I can run on back up.
     
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    Really glad to hear you have managed to get through unscathed. I bought myself a true sine wave ups and 2 x 102ah deep cycle battries. I have only connected one battery so far and it keeps my return and 2 wavemakers running for 12 hours. Great peace of mind.
     
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