12-03-2006, 6:50 PM
i have one outlet where my tank is and i was planning on putting in a few boxes to handle all the plugs. i am now aware that the plug behind the tank is wired to the living room with the entertainment center. im sire that it wont handle the load.
im running: 3 icecap 250w mh, icecap 660 with 220 watts, a iwaki 70,
gen x 100, few fans, heater , and pc lights (about 200w) on the sump.
what do you guys think. am i going to have to rewire my house. there is no other outlet to run from and im afraid that if i replace the breaker with a 30 amp, i mighgt burn the house down. any addvice? thanks, dorian
12-03-2006, 7:51 PM
if you have the ability (basement/crawlspace and/or attic) to run new wires that is the absolute best way to cover yourself. While it can be a pain, it's the most reliale way to ensure absolute safety and security.
After the fact, you will be MUCH happier with a dedicated circuit.
12-03-2006, 9:13 PM
i have a 2 story house and no way to run a new line. pretty crappy. i finaly got everything i need and the stand is built and ready for paint. just overlooked this one.
12-03-2006, 10:22 PM
I'm in the same situation. My tank is in my living room, along with my home theater. I will be drilling through the wall my tank is against and plugging most of equipment into the next room, which is my sunroom that doesn't have anything on that circuit.
If you have another room behind the wall where your tank is, I would say you can drill through the wall and plug into that other room's circuit.
12-04-2006, 5:32 AM
when they wired the hoouse, they screwed up i guess because they have the outlet (behind the tank) in the den wired to the livingroom (the room behind that). there are stairs right behind the tank wall, so i guess they wired it to that room in order to keep fromm wireing over doorways.
the house is has a slab foundation as well so it looks like im pretty messed up.
12-04-2006, 2:00 PM
Well definitly don't just do the 30A breaker. The reason the breakers are there is because the wiring can only handle that much. Running 30A through 15A wire would not be pretty and would cause a serious fire risk. Worse yet insurance would investigate and find out what you did and probably pay you nothing!
Only a couple options.
Hook everything up and see if it trips. Better yet add up the Amps and see where your at then you'll know. All the pumps and ballasts etc. should have Amp draw on them.
Run a new circuit, you would be shocked what you can do with some imagination.
Move your entertainment cabinet, It's all about the tank you know.
Run a wire from a different room as others suggested
12-05-2006, 10:30 AM
There's nothing wrong with going up in your wiring.
My brother and I ran LAN lines from his basement up to his attic and then down to reach the bedrooms. You should be able to find feeds that go up there to follow with a new line down to your breaker box then down to where you want your aquarium. It'll be a pain, but very doable. You'll probably have a bit of drywall work ahead of you, but that's easy.
Make sure whatever you do is up to code specs.