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Old 02-04-2005, 10:51 PM   #1
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Anyone take pride in "clean" looking cord setup?

I was wondering if anyone really concentrated on their cord/wiring work. We spend so much time on the inside of the tank, what about all the cords hanging from the back............

I see lots of pictures with cords just hanging around and a mess, others have the power strips mounted and the cords ziptied together, looking "clean and neat".

Just curious, as my 125 is kind of a mess.................yet the nano i just bought and am setting up will be very neat (i hope).

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Old 02-04-2005, 10:56 PM   #2
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Its funny you mention that. Everytime I set up a tank I always think about the darn mess of cords and hoses. Although mine is kind of a mess right now, It always crosses my mind that I need to do something about it. I do always put some kind background on my tanks so you cant see the mess behind the tank, but I still need to do some work under the stand....I need to make doors for it when I get the chance, that will help a lot.
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:59 PM   #3
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I am going to utilize the black zip ties to kep things from hanging everywhere. I also have marked the cords by the plug end with a piece of tape and the name of what it runs. I have my Skimmer marked, so that when i pull the plug to take it out and clean it, i know which one it is (just helps a bit) as I have soooo many plugs.

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Old 02-04-2005, 11:08 PM   #4
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You know...there is no reason why mine should look like this. I have the necessary tools to make it look better, but have failed to do so. I even have a label maker so I will know what cord goes with what.

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Old 02-04-2005, 11:29 PM   #5
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I'm a neat cord person... all cords are tied in a neat loop on everything in the house.. LOL... but not once have a thought about labeling the cords... tomorrow I will have to tell the hubby no more "Honey, stand right there and tell me this goes off..." Gosh, he'll be a happy happy man!

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Old 02-05-2005, 12:34 AM   #6
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Thats just what I said...clean and neat. I started my new tank 2 months ago with all the cords wire tied neatly in back. Then I moved one thing around, then another, now it's back to spaghetti behind the tank. I have to unplug 6 cords just to find what I'm looking for. I wish it had stay the way it started, but it's whats in the tank that counts, right?
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Old 02-05-2005, 02:15 AM   #7
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I've got the cords zip tied and labeled
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Old 02-05-2005, 08:53 AM   #8
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It's on my list of things to do, I promise!!
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Well mine is a great big mess and never seems to get better. I wave two powerstrips, two timers and about 10 plug in down there. I figure it is all concealed in the stand so i am not too mworried about it. I do, hoever, have all my cords labeled so I know what is what.
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I'm 50/50. The powerheads going to the wavemaker strip are neat but not labeled. Return pump, lighting, heaters are labeled but not neat. The protein skimmer is both

I know that one day all of the cords will be both neat and labeled. I expect that to last about one day!
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