Power cut

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  1. JJ Mes

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    hi guys. Whats the most important thing to run in ur tank during a power cut?
     
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  3. Quentink

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    I would say a Air Pump, but lets hear what the more experienced Members have to day.
     
  4. ShLiMi333

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    what i did was i got a 1/4 inc pvc pipe and drilled a small hole to insert tubing with air stone. got myself a battery operated air pump and voila bobs your uncle. you've just created circulation and aeration at the same time. i will draw it up quicly and post so that you can have an idea of what i did
     
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    Here you go if you drill the hole just right you wont need silicone. Also before cementing the elbow bend insert the tubing first. Let us know how ypu find this instructable...

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    Also you can add more then one to create better current or flow
     
  7. Dexter

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    Just put your return on ups or a wavemaker.
     
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    that's quite the engineering invention there @ShLiMi333
     
  9. Vishaal

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    Winter I would say heaters
     
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    Most important IMO is flow to keep oxygen level high enough, so either battery airpump or return pump. Heat can become an issue on smaller tanks, but cooler water carries more oxygen, so as long as water temp doesn't drop below say 20C, it should be fine. We had an 8 hour cut the other night 20h00-4h00, and on my one 250 liter only the vortech was on backup and zero issues.
     
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    Flow is the most important. No flow no fish. I would have a small DC powerhead (like a RW4) on a backup battery to keep the water turning.
     
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    Thamx mate.verycost effective. I built mine for under R110. Bought airpump for R79, pvc and bend for R30 and had some pvc cement in my grudge i used when i revamped my washing room
     
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    @ShLiMi333 nice DIY flow pipe. I saw guys using this with their underwater overflow.
     
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    I stole the idea from an underwater waterfall pic
     
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    Derail much
     
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    You didn't steal the idea, you just used it without sand:lol:. Those underwater falls look real awesome but our flow in the tanks are to strong for something like this.
     
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    The link, I can access the video from it being embedded. I wanted to share the vid with somene with a fresh water tank.

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    Play the embedded video and then click the YouTube icon in the bottom right corner... This will take you to the video on YouTube where you can just copy and paste the URL.
     
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    Got it, thanks.

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