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Stormy Weather and Down Power Lines… Do you have a generator for your fish tank?


With all of the bad weather lately it’s a good idea to have a generator or backup power source on hand. One of my friends, who lives in a remote location, had some bad weather the other day that knocked his power out for 9+ hours. Luckily for him he had a generator to run his tank’s pumps and heaters. Lack of water circulation will kill corals in a hurry!

Personally, I have a large UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to protect against power surges and short-term power outages.  I also have backup batteries on my VorTech MP-40 pumps to keep them running for up to 30 hours. My UPS will keep my big return pumps going for 20+ minutes which is longer than most power interruptions in our town.

What is your fish tank plan for a power outage?

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Posted on May 22, 2013, in Clams, Coral, Fish, Reef Maintenance, Saltwater Aquarium Reef Tank and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks ever so much for liking my post today on Tide Line Still Life. I thoroughly enjoyed perusing your site . . . Especially since I am also a scuba diver! Mantis shrimp are so awesome!

  2. Besides the octopus we had, the mantis is the most intelligent creature in our system. Such a neat species to watch. Happy diving!

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