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That is why it is no longer allowed. I'm still waiting for wire mfg to offer multi circuit cables/romex.
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I am planning my fish room; I want to run a sub panel just for my reef to a room closer to everything .also allows plenty of space to run dedicated 20A circuits.( etc.)
I have a few open slots on my main panel to run the sub panel I want to run the wire and stage every; then get the electrician to do the final hook ups and check my work( should help defray cost of labor)
what wire to run? From mAin to sub panel
what breakers to get for main panel?
planning a large tank(1500 gal). Reef, controller, all the bells an whistles..
want to make future proof .
Thanks so much again.
Thank you so much! My weekend project!Put a double pole 60A braker in your main panel and from the main to sub you'll run 2 HOTS (RED & BLACK), NEUTRAL (White) and GROUND (Green or Bare). Use at least 6AWG or better yet, 4AWG especially if they are far apart. Wire is not that expensive, thicker gauge will run cooler and safer. That should give you plenty of juice in your sub-panel for anything you want to add to your tank/fish room. Siemens panel with copper bus bars can be found on Amazon at very good prices.
Hey neighbor, That's a big system, you may want to do the math. 60A should be fine but I might suggest looking at what's going to be running. BTW Any good reef stores on the west side?planning a large tank(1500 gal). Reef, controller, all the bells an whistles..
60A Double pole breaker gives you 60A + 60A on the opposing branch in the subpanel. He should be plenty covered. You'd need to use more than 14000 watts evenly distributed at same time to trip that panel My whole house has 100Amp service and I don't find it problematic even though I have plenty of electronics going. Con Ed loves me.Hey neighbor, That's a big system, you may want to do the math. 60A should be fine but I might suggest looking at what's going to be running. BTW Any good reef stores on the west side?
20A for controller and all electronics
20A for heaters, this going in a lower level? Basement
You can do that as long as you don't overload it. And don't expect it to last too long. 1500VA is great for electronics but not higher energy loads.@Brew12
Hello again from the lightning capital of the world.
I want to "protect" my apex/eb832 etc plus provide some battery back up with a APC 1500VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector.
Can I safely do this:
Plug the APC into the wall outlet, and then plug the EB832 and EB8 into the APC (multitude of things plugged into the EB's)
ie APC 1500VA on amazon
It should run fine through the float switches, but it may reduce the life of both the pump and the float switches. I can't quantify for you how fast the arcing would pit the contacts.hi all
i just got the tunze 5000.020 pump for a diy ATO build
the label on it says 3-12VDC max 1.2A
im running it with a 5V adapter, will it be ok to run the pump straight through the switch floats or do i have to use a relay for that?
I think its a #12 wire. Anyone have example or pic of two 20amp circuit. Im clueless when it comes to electricalIf you want to up the breaker, you would have to up the wire size( unless it is 10 gauge or bigger) looks like yours is a 12 gauge but a little hard to tell. In that case, I would just pull another 20 amp circuit, so to have 2 circuits. Personally, I think 1900 watts on a 20 amp circuit is the most I would push it.