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Is this possible? To use a computer battery backup to power my fish tank in the event of a power outage? If so what AMP, Wattage, etc.. Do I need?
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Is this possible? To use a computer battery backup to power my fish tank in the event of a power outage? If so what AMP, Wattage, etc.. Do I need?

Depends on how much power your lights, pump and heater use. tongue.gif

I am pretty sure a low end one like 300W is significantly more than enough.
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Depends on how much power your lights, pump and heater use. tongue.gif
I am pretty sure a low end one like 300W is significantly more than enough.


Also, it depends on how long he wants it to run for....
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I am going to be using a Fluval 306 canister filter, Live plant T5 lighting (Can be turned off though) a 150 watt heater, and a air bubbler. I am mostly concerned about the filter, It is not made or designed to run on lower output power. So the UPS needs to be able to run that at 100%. I also thing the filters electronics have PSW Tech in it.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

Also, it depends on how long he wants it to run for....

Agreed and Budget tongue.gif
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I am going to be using a Fluval 306 canister filter, Live plant T5 lighting (Can be turned off though) a 150 watt heater, and a air bubbler. I am mostly concerned about the filter, It is not made or designed to run on lower output power. So the UPS needs to be able to run that at 100%. I also thing the filters electronics have PSW Tech in it.

Your heater is going to be consuming most of the juice, the pump/filter only requires 15W.
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Depends on how much power your lights, pump and heater use. tongue.gif
I am pretty sure a low end one like 300W is significantly more than enough.


Also, it depends on how long he wants it to run for....


I ran the biggest ups I could afford, and ran the lights off the surge only. You want them fish to survive and you never know how long before you get home and realize the powers out.
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The UPS doesn't care what you plug into it, so yes it will work fine.

This is what I did, add the following up:

Total wattage of all lights in use
Wattage of the pump
Rated wattage of filter

multiply by 1.5


By a UPS with at least that for supported wattage, with AVR.
    
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I can pay under $150.00 if needed, But as anything, Lower the better. And I want it to last at least 6 hrs, But more the better.
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Lights will kill the run time.
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The lights will be plugged into "surge" slots. Those can stay off if the power goes out, Thats not any problem.
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