Welcome to Day 17 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge.
Take a look behind and under your tank. Do you have wires going everywhere? Look at your powerstrip(s). Can you tell which plugs go to each piece of equipment? Chances are…no, you can’t. Well, today, we’re going to get organized.
Here is what I want you to do for today’s challenge.
Unplug each wire, one at a time, to figure out what each plug is. Once you have identified the device, I want you to label that cord—just like you probably have labels next to your circuit breaker. Make sure you have an individual label for every cord plugged in—your lights, pumps, powerheads, heaters, skimmers, reactors. If you have one, give it a label and a name.
How are they plugged in?
Do you have drip loops?
A drip loop is when the cord drapes down below the plug, so that if a drip of water was to travel down the cord, it would fall to the lowest spot and drip to the floor. If the outlet where the cord is plugged in is the lowest part, the drip will drip into the outlet, causing an electrical hazard.
Ok, last but not least, are the cords zig-zagging every which way under your tank?
Take a moment to group cords from the same area of the tank together and zip tie them together to get them out of the way and to clean up that area under and behind your tank.