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Old 12-10-2012, 08:11 PM   #1 
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Lightbulb How Do You Supply Power to Your Aquarium?

Hi!

I just bought a five gallon and I haven't plugged it in yet. So, I was just wondering how everyone else had supplied power to their tanks. I need to plug in the hood light, the filter and the heater. I was thinking of using a power strip with surge protector. But, I have bad anxiety, and I've been suddenly consumed with the idea that everything will catch fire. (Although I understand that the wires need drip loops.)

I would really appreciate it if you could tell me how you're powering yours! It might help to calm me down.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:34 PM   #2 
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The most annoying thing in the hobby is finding enough outlets XD

I use this thing that my dad gave me with 5 separate outlets into one, that you plug into the wall and control and all the power at one end with an on/off switch (Power strip?). No problems as of yet.

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:39 PM   #3 
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I have two filters, two lights, a heater and an air pump all on a power strip. No problems as of yet. It's been that way for a month or two.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:52 PM   #4 
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I used a power bar/strip, as well. I have an extension cord, my heater, a filter, an alarm clock, and two lamps on it, and have never had any problems. For my other tank, I use an extension cord, since my outlet is impossible to get to, and I have never had a problem with that, either.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:56 PM   #5 
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As long as you are not overloading the powerboard or piggy-backing on it with double adapters etc. the risk of it catching on fire is going to be pretty slim.

I know how you feel about everything catching on fire. I have to turn my fish lights off before I go out as I always worry about them suddenly spontaneously combusting.

But if the powerboard is able to handle the load of the light, filter and heater it should be fine.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:55 PM   #6 
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Location: Chautauqua County, NY - My mind is in my fish tank usually
I use a power strip. XP
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:27 AM   #7 
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Power strip with surge protector. I'd never plug anything connected to my aquarium directly into the wall. I have the heater, filter, and light hood on it. On another outlet/strip I have two heaters and an air pump.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:43 AM   #8 
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power strips with surge protectors for all of them. Never had problems. I have over loaded one once by plugging my hair dryer into it, all it did was shut off.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:33 PM   #9 
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Power strips with SP.

Also a little advice for people who lives in places where power goes out often, you guys can get a UPS (Uninterruptible power supply). There's a couple places online that sells them, Amazon for example.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:34 PM   #10 
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Power bar all the way :) Well, power BARS.
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