Bane of our hobby...tank electrics.

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  1. Luis Embalo
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    Yes, hire someone to have a look at a distribution unit for your fish tanks.. Also look at custom made, you can get something made that fit's your cabinets, and if made in bulk, then sell the excess, as it seems that many people are looking for it.
     
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    Re: Re: Bane of our hobby...tank electrics.

    :thumbsup:, glad I'm not alone, bud
     
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    DB board all the way for me , esp when you running far too many thing.
     
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    educate us, please post pic ?
     
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    Trevor with such a stunning tank as yours im surprized that you picking my brain whom only has a small scapeless system, haha

    heres a picture for you, off my marine system but im going to be setting one up for my freshwater system aswell.

    please note that i have gone over kill on the marine tank as i had my main lines split in two so that my house runs totally of a different board and marine tank aswell, totally independant however for the freshwater tank ill just be adding another breaker to my house as freshwater tank and thats it.

    reason i like the DB board is that there is no eish the plug came off or eish no two pins / thee pins slots left and each item has its own breaker. bit expensive but id rather have peace of mind not havinbg my house burnt down, or children and animals electicuted.
     
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    Oh and I've also wired in a UPS that gives me 24 hours uninterrupted power
     
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    Exactly how it should be done..

    DB board is shortname for Distribution Board .. :)

    Well done Sweetnsour!! good example of how it should be done.
     
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    So I treat the fish room the same way I would build a server room.

    - air con units, or fans on the ceiling
    - ups if possible at least for filters and pumps
    - separate distribution units, one for the home, and one for the tanks, with main line split. Preferable with two counters, to
    see what is spending what
    - 50amp breakers, with a main power down, and then further up a switch for each power strip.

    I think that £1000 should be enough to do the above, the majority of work would be for the labour.

    I would also like to have solar power batteries to use with the ups batteries, but not sure how viable this is.
     
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    I'm using DIN rails. Unfortunately the units to fit these rails are very expensive, but if you really want to safe space . . . this is the way to go.

    [​IMG]
     
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    quote author=sweetnsour link=topic=7901.msg85609#msg85609 date=1353075620]
    Oh and I've also wired in a UPS that gives me 24 hours uninterrupted power
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    Bud, thanks for this ! Your setup compared to mine is like 'sweetnsour', so very different.
    So it's all plugs off then ? Only a month back I returned one of my expensive T5 units as it packed up and the shop was happy to do so because I had the box and plug still on. Not sure what the new consumer act suggests, lol, with taking the plug off and so nullifying your guarantee ?

    Thanks Greystoke, seems you are also a strictly plugs off man and it looks pro, neat and safe ! I need to seriously improve my electrician skills !
     
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    Great examples.. :)

    Let's share the knowledge and keep the pictures coming.. :)
     
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    Luis, just looked on ebay for some pro looking 8+ plug power strips, but it seems they are mostly European square sockets... :violent1:
     
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    Our best option would be custom made, any electrical company can do them.. you just need an enclosure, then slot in the outlets, with spacers if needed.
     
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    Does anyone have experience with the Gembird EnerGenie?

    I nearly order one the other day, but then decided to wait for price to drop a bit (hopefully the rand will recover in new year too).
     
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    Safe?

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    Sorry, trying to post a pic from my phone.
     
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    Fixed. :)
     
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    Not so bad.. :)
     
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    This one is just for you Trevor, but as I say will be cleaning it up this weekend:-[
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