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post #11 of 16 Old 06-17-2009, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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i dont get what you mean by having a coralife skimmer. save your money.
I think in a situation where power is out for 7 to 10 days, which happened here last year in this area, having a skimmer running could make a huge difference in a tank stocked heavy with fish. Even an internal skimmer would help oxygenate the water, stabilize pH, and provide some organic waste removal. They don't cost $20 on eBay, so its worth the money.
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post #12 of 16 Old 06-17-2009, 10:52 PM
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you can find a skimmer cheaper then that, that is of better quality. i picked up a MTC skimmer once for $100 w/ pump. granted i got an amazing deal because im friends with the guy ( they sell for $400+ without a pump ) im just saying theres prob. a better deal to be found.
i dont understand how your going to run the skimmer if the power is out unless you have a generator or external power source. the skimmer will also take a few days to "break in" unless you leave it running all the time.
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Your main concern is your 180 and your 58, right? If you run your skimmer on your QT to break it in, it will be nice and ready to go in case of a power outage.

A 6-gallon air compressor is about $200, and if you could trickle in air, might last a few days before needing to be re-filled. Or see if there is a battery control that will send short bursts of air into the tanks.

7-10 days? I would say generator. All battery backups and battery operated heaters and fans would last for a few hours/ a day or two, but over a week without electricity...You probably need a plan for a few days, and then have another plan for over a week. Battery backups and a compressor could be a short term plan, but after day three, maybe rent a generator?



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post #14 of 16 Old 07-19-2009, 11:29 PM
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I checked out a local pawn shop the other day to buy a guitar and there were 2 generators for sale, 1 was like new and was only $125.00. It was the same one I paid well over $250.00 for 3 years ago. Oh well, I love my generator and it saved me again 4 days ago when lightning took out a transformer down the road. There are alot of people out of work and selling there tools. I'm sure you can find a good one cheap. I was watching TV and had lights and my ice cream didn't melt, and my fish were very happy. WELL WORTH THE MONEY!!!!
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if you also want to spend money vortechs have a battery backup
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if you also want to spend money vortechs have a battery backup
+1 that and they also have 36hrs battery life (last i heard)

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