The importance of having a back up power supply.

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    Dear Idol Marine Reefers,

    Your friendly staff at Idol would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, friends and fish family a wonderful and safe festive season, and may the joys of the season be with you all.


    HAPPY, SAFE, AND BLESSED HOLIDAYS TO ALL

    LOAD SHEDDING

    Every reefer’s nightmare.
    You can combat this scourge and keep your livestock alive for a few days.
    Depending on your budget, there are three easy options

    Option 1:
    Buy a small battery operated air pump to add a disturbance to your water surface, as O2/CO2 is exchanged in this manner. This method works well on smaller tanks with no sumps.

    Option 2:
    If you have a larger tank you will need at least a 0.5kva generator to power one decent size air pump that you can place in your sump and main tank, or if you have the budget a larger 1-2kva generator that will power you return pump and one flow pump.

    Option 3:
    The best but most expensive option is a UPS, you will need at least a 1000mva UPS to run a decent size tank, you will also need a deep cycle battery, these are expensive.
    All good UPS will have a Rectifier, this converts AC power to DC power, and is coupled to your charger, and an Inverter, this coverts DC power to AC power to allow your AC equipment to work.

    A few tips;
    Never run your heaters off your UPS or generator (unless you have a large number of batteries or a very large generator).
    Never run your lighting, corals can go without light for many days.


    Here is a little diagram explaining an online UPS system:

    UPS.jpg
     
    Last edited: 11 Dec 2014
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