Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by paul bloem, 5 Mar 2012.
I just want to find out what size UPS do you need for a tank and for what does it go for?
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I got one from Ellies a while back for 3k
Think its a 1200VA deep cycle with inverter and auto cut-over.
Mine has 2x 102AH batteries. It lasts for hours and hours running my return pump and a heater
It all depends what the wattage of the equipment is that you want to run off of the UPS and how long you want it to run for. And remember that a normal PC UPS is not big enough. You need something with a deep cycle battery with say 102AH.
I want to run my return and vortech for 8 hours.
What is the wattage of the return pump?
Vortech you an build a cheap system, basically small battery and charger.
Cheap Vortech Pump Battery Backup - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
Return pump, depend on rating.
If your Vortech pumps are working and you got a DSB I would rather put a small return pump redirected to the first chamber. Battery will last longer.
If you running a NP reactor, then add the NP reactor feeding pump on the backup.
Lights, heaters etc... not needed.
Extra money rather invest in small generator for extended power outages. Tank can easily handle the hours you are at work. Thereafter is the problem.
Please post a picture of your solution you got from Ellies.
Not very pretty is it?
Was expecting more lights and stuff....
Have a 2000W inverter for my tank with 2 deep cycle batteries that I'm currently using for the tank in the garage.
Will need another one for the BIG tank in lounge but toying with the idea of getting a little 7KVa generator and plugging it into my DB Board at home.
Its ugly, but boy does it work well. My return pump never loses power...
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