Nothing ever works as it should do does it?
I came home from work today to find that we had no electricity. A quick check showed that we had electricity with the exception of the kitchen and the dining room which therefore meant that we had not had not had a complete power outage but something else must have happened.
My wife was panicking as she wanted to make dinner which put me in a bit of a pickle – food or aquarium!
The aquarium came before my stomach and rightly so.
A quick check showed that a breaker had gone. A quick flick and power was returned. The breaker stayed open so I have no idea what caused it to trip but at least power was restored and my wife was happy as she get on with cooking dinner.
Everything in the aquarium sprung to life – water pumps started pumping, the skimmer starting skimming, lights came on and everything was back.
Looking at the clock on the oven it showed that the power had been off for just over three hours.
Enough time for water to cool down but I am luck as I have a UPS (uninterruptable power supply). This is basically a big battery which when electricity is available passes the power through to whatever is plugged into it. When electricity is not available it powers the relevant devices using it’s batteries and when power is restored the batteries recharge.
As I work in the IT industry I was able to obtain one of these many years ago.
I only have the heaters and the return pump plugged into the UPS as this allows me to protect the aquarium inhabitants whilst providing the maximum amount of battery time as possible. This allows me to keep the aquarium water warm, keep water moving through the sump and provide a small amount of water movement in the aquarium.
The UPS I have with the devices I have plugged in gives me just over 5 hours of battery life before the batteries become exhausted so I had a few hours left on it which was lucky as if it had happened earlier in the day the batteries would have run flat and then I could have been in trouble.
I might have to get a larger UPS when one next becomes available at work which if large enough could run the aquarium for a day or more.
This is the first time that the UPS has ever been used so it goes to show that having a device which you may need at some point is a useful addition.
Just need to get an electrician now to check the wiring out and attempt to locate what cause the issue!