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Hi all,

Just after a bit of input to see what my options are here. After adding 2 x 3ft tanks and a 4ft I noticed quiet a large jump in the power bill.

So what I was wondering, especially coming into winter, would it be safe enough for the fish to turn the pumps for sumps and canisters off for a few hours during the day.

If I put them on a timer could run all through the off peak hours, then only come on for a few hours during the day to keep cycling water.

Any input appreciated, especially from those who are doing something similar.

Tanks that would be getting turned off are a sumped 3x3x3 cichlid tank, and a canister filtered 4ft community tank. Everything else runs off air and I don't think that pulls much power.

Cheers,

Keats.

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Hi all,

Just after a bit of input to see what my options are here. After adding 2 x 3ft tanks and a 4ft I noticed quiet a large jump in the power bill.

So what I was wondering, especially coming into winter, would it be safe enough for the fish to turn the pumps for sumps and canisters off for a few hours during the day.

If I put them on a timer could run all through the off peak hours, then only come on for a few hours during the day to keep cycling water.

Any input appreciated, especially from those who are doing something similar.

Tanks that would be getting turned off are a sumped 3x3x3 cichlid tank, and a canister filtered 4ft community tank. Everything else runs off air and I don't think that pulls much power.

Cheers,

Keats.

Maybe look for ones that us a lower wattage.

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I would not turn off any pumps/canisters. How many are you talking? If it is just one canister and one pump then look at its wattage and calculate the real cost. For example a 70w sump pump and a 50w canister (total of 120w) will cost less than $5 a week to run. Put that into perspective, that's the price of a coffee or one beer a week. If i had this problem I would skip the coffee and keep my fish alive.

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If it is plugged into your normal power points there is no off peak it costs the same Cents per kw at any time of the day. Off peak runs on a different meter in your power box for hot water and only works on set hours that you can not change

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A decent canister filter should only be using around 20W so as already stated it's not much of a power saving and poses a very real risk of serious complications and livestock losses.

If you are running lights i would be looking at using them for a shorter period during the day and perhaps only running your heaters overnight on a timer and letting them stay off for most of the day. I do this and have almost no temp fluctuations.

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Turning sump pumps off and leaving air filters on is no problem if your system is large enough

As long as you know your parameters and have a low stocking rate

I know a few people that have off-peak and it goes off twice a day leaving the air running

No ammonia spike, no appreciable bacteria die off

Rules are meant to be broken as long as you know what you are doing

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