HybridAZN's 180 gallon build

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  1. hybridazn

    hybridazn Acro killer..... Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Yea I see want to make this work, when the t5s are on they make the tank look awesome lol. Getting ready to swap a few plugs around, after I watch big brother hahaha
     
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    I think this is the answer unless the T5 has a manufacturing defect.

    Not strange at all. A GFCI has no way to measure total load. It is a little stranger that the ballasts in your metal halide lights didn't cause a problem.

    The way a GFCI works, the hot and neutral run through a sensing coil. If the currents are matched, the magnetic flux are exactly canceled out since they are 180 degrees out of phase. If one line has more current than the other, its magnetic flux dominates and starts to generate current in the sensing coil. This is used to create the trip. So, a GFCI with 14 amps on the hot and 13.9 amps on the neutral reads the same as one with 0.1 amps on the hot and 0 on the neutral.
    Where GFCI's can go wrong is during high frequency transients such as ballasts firing off to light your lights. If these high frequencies aren't filtered out properly it can cause a GFCI to trip. That is why I would try either using a new portable GFCI to test it or just replace your existing GFCI receptacles.
     
  3. hybridazn

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    Being that I installed 3 gfci's behind the 180 I decided to plug my eb4 into another gfci on its own to see what the deal is. The only things plugged into my eb4 are my skimmer feed pump and 1 ehiem recirculating skimmer (the 2nd ehiem is plugged into an outlet so it's always on. In case of power outage the water won't go stagnant), under cabinet lights and 2 cooling fans and now the 2 t5s.

    I plugged the eb4 into the other gfci and I light cycled the t5s on and off about 30 times. It tripped twice in the 30 cycles. The gfci I plugged into has had nothing plugged into it buy I do test it every 6 months.

    So I left it plugged in and on my light schedule so we will see what happens here lol
     
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    Had the same issue when I got a brand new Aquatic Life T5 fixture (6 bulb, 6ft). Timer on the light would randomly trip GFCI. I spoke with Aquatic Life support, they suggested trying a new GFCI manufacturer, as some make their outlets with too much sensitivity (HomeDepot GFCI in my case, don't remember the manufacturer, maybe lighton?). I went with the one sold in Lowes and never had issues again. Give it a shot, it's a cheap test. If changing only 1 GFCI as a test, make sure you do the first one on the line if they are all in sequence.
     
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  5. hybridazn

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    All 3 gfci's for the tank are on separate 20 amp breakers(I know, overkill lol)

    I will be swapping out the gfci's here soon as well.
     
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    I started my tank in April I think

    I ran two 20 amp circuits to my tank and the gfci outlets I used were brand new in the box (not the most expensive ones)

    Then one day the gfci outlets started tripping when I manually cycled on the halides.

    As I said before I replaced them in June so three months it took for my gfci to go bad?? This time I bought the more expensive kind and haven't had a problem yet.

    So I still beleive ur culprit is the outlets and not the lights


    Ps u owe me dimensions on these lights and what's ur impressions
     
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    I don't think it's overkill... I wish I did that for my setup.
     
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    Yup, I'll get on that tonight. Sorry I've seen dealing with this issue. :/


    I'm glad I did too, it leaves the door open to expand lol
     
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    Yoda sees 400 gallons in your future....
     
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    :)
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    Haha 300, in the next couple years hopefully :)


    Rofl!
     
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    This has me thinking you need to replace the GFCI as well.
     
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    Yea same here, stupid things. Lol

    I'll make it a small project in the next few weeks. My weekends are pretty full coming up haha. Notably sofia's dedication and my brothers wedding.
     
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    Congrats
     
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    Hey george, I'm about to order these besides the gfci flipping due u like them, are they what u expected?
     
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    Echo!!

    ...echo....echo.....echo.....
     
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    Whoa, I have a tank build thread? Lol

    Looks like I missed some posts, I'll respond here in a bit and I'm hoping to get an update up soon.
     
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    ....:rolleyes:
    ........... :D

    Lol
    Thank You :)
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    Hahahaha
     
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    Can't wait to see your latest update!
     
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