Eskom Power outages

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  1. Shanie

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    :( Hi guys, havent had an outage yet.(new Tank). But how will the tank cope with all the Eskom power failures?. How many hours a day can the tank go without power.Should i get a generator ?Or am I over reacting.
    I Have a 128 litre Boyu nano Tank. I Plan to build up a reef tank with a few fish .
    Cheers Shane.
     
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  3. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    these Eskom power failures are causing severe damage to lotsa systems.mines been one of them.
    if you can afford the gennie,go for it!
     
  4. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    I haven't had a power outage for almost 2 weeks now.
     
  5. moz

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    The simplest would be to hook up a battery powered airpump, or you could get a USP for essential systems.

    Not so loud, someone from Eskom might hear.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    no doubt a UPS is a better way to go as it kicks in automatically.dont know if any gennies do this?
     
  7. lIghty

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    Shane, I work for Eskom, what area you live in?


    Jokes...LOL @ Moz
     
  8. moz

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    Thats just mean. Buy the way my location is incorrect I live in Durban:whistling:
     
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    Don't worry, you secret is safe with me, no one will ever know;)
     
  11. HenkHugo

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    yup - the ATS is another 12G ontop of the gennies cost
     
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    Hello Everyone - hello Shane.... Yeah - this issue have been discussed quite a lot... BUT, must say, it seems that there are less blackouts around...

    Shane - I got a car battery, intelligent charger, and a 12V power-head (to take over the water flow from my sump to my tank). This solution seems to work for me (I also have a gennie, for long-term power-failures, and IF I am at home when the failure occurs). "Normal" (read: cheap'ish) gennies don't switch on automatically. One have to manually start them....

    And yes - failures are bad for our tanks, smaller tanks especially. My tank can last up to an absolute maximum of +-8-9 hours without electricity (without me having to switch on the 12V pump)....

    Yours, will most likely last +- 2 hours MAX before things starts to go pear shaped...
     
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    Guys get ready for a March of hardship. The loadshedding is now moving to the residential grid for the next 30 days. The 10% that heavy industry has been rationed will now be shedded off us guys.

    BEWARE
     
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    If the load shedding is only 2.5 hrs then not too much of a train smash if it runs longer we are in trouble. Guys the load shedding is coming back from March in a big way, so prepare now. Infact one of the essential items for a system is going to be back up power supply. This is not going to get better anytime soon.
     
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    i got myself one of those battery powered air pumps (R40.00) - no loss so far with 3hr shedding and i got myself a 90l tank.
     
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    Yip a generator seems to be in my future:(

    What size should I look at to run the tank, (without chiller and lights) and my TV and a few lights and one plug for a pc to browse MASA.
     
  17. gaboon

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    Just heard on the news, Eskoms BRILLIANT NEW STRATEGY is longer powercuts less often. Exactly what we dont want!!!
     
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    I assume the guy who came up with that idea has already been promoted:whistling:
     
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    I don't believe 2.5 hours every day will have no affect on a tank. We have been LS twice in one day so that is 5 hours in 24h period.
     
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    I wish Carte Blanche etc. would check if the big guys at Eskom have powercuts in their neighbourhoods.
     
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    I think he got a 7 million bonus.:whistling:
     
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