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post #1 of 4 Old 05-15-2007, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Power loss and a canister filter

What happens to the canister filter if my power goes out and there's no backup? Am I going to end up with water all over the place? That's my biggest fear. My husband would kill me!!!

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-15-2007, 01:42 PM
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If the filter fails all that will happen is the water supply will stop pumping out and will stop pumping in. It will not leak anywhere.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-15-2007, 02:28 PM
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Yes, there is nothing to worry about if the power goes out with leakage (as the tubing on canister filters usually make a complete loop), but you do have to worry about an ammonia spike.

If power outages are common in your area you could consider a UPS (back up power supply). If you only hook up your filter to it you may not need to get a very huge one to suffice. That way when your power goes out filtration goes on!


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post #4 of 4 Old 05-15-2007, 06:14 PM
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If power outages are common in your area you could consider a UPS (back up power supply). If you only hook up your filter to it you may not need to get a very huge one to suffice. That way when your power goes out filtration goes on!
This is my recommendation, but then again, I live in an area that is prone to power fluctuations to include brown outs and power spikes which UPS' help with.
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