Being on Long Island, and after dealing with 11 days of blackout during/after Sandy a few months ago, and with the storm that's hitting us now, I've been putting a lot of thought of ways to protect my tank from any loses/stress/problems/chaos due to the lack of power.
For starters, we already have a gas powered generator to set up (bought when Sandy hit since our power was screwed for so long). Even though we can use that to power for a decent while to keep essentials going, we don't leave it on 24/7 (usually off when we all go to sleep) in order to conserve.
I've been considering ways to keep it powered, AT LEAST on and off to keep the heat up and keep the filter running a bit. I looked into those UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) things, but they don't seem meant to last very long at all. I know I can insulate the tank with an insulated blanket and such to help, and use a battery powered air stone and things of the like. But I was looking for something more.
Losing fish due to something that was in my power to prevent/change/avoid would feel like a complete failure on my part, their little lives are my responsibility.
I was looking into things such as:
Or something like this. Something I could recharge with the generator while the tank is using that power as well. Then when the generator is off I can put it on the power supply while its off.
I'm not sure if something like this would work, nor am I too familiar with its capabilities, the power it puts out, for how long, and all of that.
Its a bit beyond my knowledge of batteries, and volts, etc.
So, I was wondering if someone with better knowledge could give me some input or advice on the subject. It would be very much appreciated =)
Thanks so much,