Discussion in 'Reef Lighting' started by fishoholic, Dec 4, 2008.
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wish I could help. I do hate doing drywall but am pretty good at it.
The I would recommend you use a metal raceway product similar to these. I used it in my basement where it wasn't possible to run new conduit. It is available at any home improvement center requires no cut of drywall or wood and looks rather nice when installed. and it is infinitely safer than extension cords and overloading a circuit.
I don't know much about breakers, do you recomend any certain type/ amps ect? What would be a good breaker for a tank setup with 3 pumps 3 250W Mh,8 t-5, 6-PHs, fuge lights, moonlights,? Or should I run 2 to be safe?
If you plan on expanding I would definatly run 2. If you ever plan on putting in a chiller I do belive they run like a/c units or dehumidifiers and those things can draw some amps. But small pumps don't draw too much current. Ballast on lighting can draw some but am not sure what to total draw on a mh unit is. well looked at my mh and it draws 2.5 amps. not alot.
like to race way idea but some times can look tacky in finshed basement. just depends on basement. Extention cords are a temp. fix and was never ment to be permanant.
Also wouldn't run any thing but a 12/2 with a 20 amp breaker. most common plugs if you get the good kind only can handle 20 amps. cheeper plugs will be rated for 15amps so watch what you buy.
Alrighty thanks for the info
glad i could help.
add up all the amps used to figure that out.
I also have to have an electrician come out and add new circuit to my box....keep waiting until I get more money and then when I do I find new things to buy with it..fish related of course.
But I can not run my MH and my tv at the same time or else it blows a fuse. So I have learned that I can not watch TV during "light" time..once they go off it is on. HOwever if something comes on during the day..I have to record it or turn off the MH..........
I have also decided to not put up a Christmas tree this year as I am sure that would pop mine also...so I look like the fish scrudge of Christmas.....
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