12-11-2009, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
There were a few articles in Aquarium magazines over the past months on this topic. One suggestion from them is to get one of the battery "generators" and just connect an air pump with airstones to circulate the water and maybe the heater.
If you're talking about a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) like people use for computers, you'll never be able to run a heater off one - they will run airstones, of course.
I'm a computer systems manager, so UPS's are something I'm familiar with. A decent sized tank requires a 250-300W heater. That's a similar power requirement as a full size computer "server" . If you spend, say, a $1000 on a UPS, you'll get one that will run a system of 300W for 1 hour of runtime.
For that same $1000, you can buy a 5000-7000W portable gas generator that will run your aquarium nearly indefinitely -- as well as some lights, TV and your refrigerator -- maybe even your furnace and other bigger systems if you have it wired into your electrical system.