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Lighting and Heaters Questions and comments about freshwater aquarium lighting and heaters.

 
 
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:57 PM
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It sounds like these generators, apart from the expensive ones, only run small amounts of wattage. I still maintain that the best ones to go for are the ones that run off gas, they seem to run longer on a small amount of fuel.

The below link is one i found on EBay for $450, it runs for 6.4hrs on every 1.2 gallons

Average cost of gas per gallon = $3.80
Minutes per Gallon ((6.4*60)/1.2) = 320
Cost per minute = $0.0118

Thats very cheap i think, if you had an outage for a day, it would cost around $16 to run the generator. This isnt a bad price to ensure your fish dont die
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:14 PM
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I use an indoor power source that my 55g tank is plugged into. I want one for the other side of the room for my smaller tanks. Right now we move the power source to the middle of the room and hook up all the tanks. It has an 8hr run time. I love it. It cost $129.00. A generator is the way to go if your power goes out for a day or more at a time. It's nice because not only will the fish be ok but you will have power! It's a must investment in my book.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:38 PM
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The general concensus for multiple day power outage is a generator I am finding. I'll have to check 'em out on craiglist to see if I can find a good deal.

....although I found that one guy said he could keep three tanks running for about 24 hours on a UPS APS 1400. If that is true then if only running one 38 gal tank heater off of that power source it should run much longer than a day. UPS's are not too much deniro if found refurbished.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:44 PM
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Check ebay as well.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:02 PM
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Anabolism..................Do not buy anything below 4kw sustained out put. For house hold needs. Even a 4kw will barely take care of the number of things that you will try to plug into it. I lost an entire house to hurricane Hugo in 1989 and in the rubble we went 21 days with out power. I had a Honda 2.5 that we had to alternate between appliances because it wouldn't take the load. If you have the room go for the biggest you can get. You will be surprised that the bigger out put units are not that more expensive than smaller units. Check the pawn shops for used generators. I bought a 7kw with self start for $300. It is sitting in my garage.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:44 AM
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I think this is good information in general for anyone to have, fishkeeper or not
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