battery backup for a 90g tank

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    I'm thinking of getting a battery backup just for the lights, got a 48"solar extreme t5. The problem is that whenever I lose power, or have a power surge, it apparently resets the programming, so the number of scheduled hours gets all messed up. How can I prevent this from happening? I have a generator that can actually power the whole house, which starts up automatically 30 seconds after the power shuts off, so I don't have to worry too much about the rest of the equipment, I just need to keep this light from resetting itself. Any ideas? Thanks
     
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    They make some for computers that should last long enough for the generator to kick in.
     
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    Even with a batter backup, if you lose power i would imagine it would cause the lights to lose their programming. Before my LED's my Marineland fixture had a watch battery on the little controller that would maintain the settings in the event of a power outage. If its external from the fixture (such as a back up battery) I don't know that it would allow the fixture to remember its programming
     
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    Do you know which ones, what brand etc??? Thanks
     
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    phastroh Do Not Listen To Me!!!

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    Not too sure of the brand but I am looking to get one from Best Buy.

    I figure it will cost me between $100-$175 for something to run my tank for a few hours.

    I am only going to hook up the heater and maybe the powerheads or return pump.

    I personally do not want my lights to take away from the time my heater could be keeping the tank from dropping too low in temp.

    I will say this though. I know these are tropical fish and coral but there has to be a time they are in the water and it is not 80 degrees. Some of the corals and fish are found 20-30 feet below the surface and I figured the temps down there at night or in the colder months can't be 80 all the time.
     
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    Two of the most popular/common brands are UPS and APC. As far as which one I can't say specifically but, if it's just to power your lights till the generator kicks on you should be ok with one of the lower models.
     
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    Run a small pump (not the main one) and your heater only on a good computer battery backup. The big question with power outages is how much money do you wan to spend.
     
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    i have a deep cycle boat battery thats i use, i ran my circulation pump and heater and refugium for 3 days
     
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