Firsty, this is not a troll post. I have asked this question a couple times in other forums and people either call me crazy or a troll.
For the past month or 2 I have embarked on a project of putting an aquarium into my false fireplace in my house. I am planning to do a Fish with live rock tank, and was hoping to keep it generally free of clutter so I set up a sump tank in the basement with trickle filter and pump to send the water back up to the tank. Anyway because of the way everything is set up it will be difficult to have a hang on the back siphon system to bring the water down to the basement. Also I would very much prefer to not have to drill a hole in the tank, since I would prefer not to void the warrenty and I don't want to break the tank or create a weak point or place where it can leak and once again when its filled with water the fish tank will be hard to fix any problems that may occur in the back given I can barely get my hand all the way back there in even if I take the light off the top of the fireplace.
My question would be how do I how do I keep a siphon going or start back up whenever I have a power outage. I usually don't have power outages but this last week I had 3 of them 1 which lasted about 12 hours.
I have thought of 4 solutions but I don't know if they exist or what they might be called. Any help is appreciated.
1: Have a pump that pulls the water back down and into the sump from the basement. The issue here is having a pump in the basement that will pull the water to the basement and making sure that both pumps are bringing water up and down at the same speed.
2: Some sort of electronic siphon starting system, which either continuously siphons somehow or starts the siphon up whenever a power outage happens.
3: A pump in the main tank which pushes water down to the sump and then allows gravity to just pull the water through the pump and down the tube into the sump. I would prefer to be able to have it so the pump shuts itself off after a short time if this happens and just allows gravity to take over to save electricity and avoid extra noise for me and the fish. So I would need either a pump with an auto shut off if they make those, or an electrical device sort of like a timer for turning lights on and off but which only comes on for a few minutes after power is restored to start the siphon going. *I'm not even sure if they make something like that or what its called*
4: Using a battery back up system to keep my pump in the basement running so if there is a power outage it should never stop pumping even if there is a power outage. *My experiences with battery back ups though isn't so great. Most I have had used at work usually only gives me a couple minutes to shut down a computer if power goes out before the battery back ups shut down so I don't really think a aback ups will keep a pump running for 12 hours.* Also I would prefer to not have to spend more than $100+ or so for a back ups that would last long enough when I can do something else for cheaper.
I would appreciate any other suggestions or options anyone can think of or telling me what I might need to do to get one of mine to work.