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Old 10-19-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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Tank's electrical layout?

My 55 has three power strips almost filled. PH's, skimmer, UV, pumps, lights, etc. We all have the same thing.

Now, since I'm updating to a 120 gal, I wanted a more efficient electrical layout. Does anybody have any tips, pics, websites that might offer suggestions to the power supply problem? TIA.

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Old 10-19-2005, 07:00 PM   #2
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I have 3 independent GFI circuits ran to my tank. Each with 12 outlets. One for lights, one for pumps/heater and one for accessories (mixing water) I ran a third one for mixing water etc because if you are going to have a failure it will usually happen with equipment you are messing with or is banged around a lot. I also have my two main circulation pumps spit between two of the circuits so if one trips I will still have circulation in my tank.

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An absolute must as Brenden hit on is GFI. GFI stands for Ground Fault Interupt if you didnt know. Those are the outlets that are required by building code to be placed in bathrooms close to sinks and such. If your an DIYer you could replace the existing outlets with GFI plugs. Make sure you get a circut tester and power down the outlet and then disconnect the wires and hook the GFI outlet up like the first one was. If your not that big on DIY and the cost does not make a difference http://www.hellolights.com (http://www.hellolights.com/togfshbupo.html) has a nice plug in GFI. It plugs into your outlet and then you plug your electrical equipment into that. This way if you have a failure the circut will trip at the GFI long before you become one dead aquarists or long before a fire starts due to a short circut.

Drip loops are also essensal. Basicly you should get into the habit of always running your cords so they loop down below the outlet. This way if water runs down the courd it will collect at the low point and not run into the outlet or close to the outlet.

Run the cords as cleanly as you can with zip ties. This will make everything a much cleaner install and also shorten the chance of unplugging something by accident or having something fall into the water, etc.
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I used a label maker to make tags for each of the cords. I printed out what device it is twice and then wrapped the label around the cord. Now everything is neatly identified.
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