03-04-2011, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by twocents
How do you handle the electrical loads then? I have four tanks downstairs. I am not really sure how many circuits I am on: I think only one or two. At a minimum each tanks has light, heater, filter, air pump. Just how much can a circuit breaker stand? I also have a tv, stereo, computer as well. Gotta be one heck of a load I would think.
If it's a newer house, mid 1980's+, each individual circuit is probably 15 amps (that's 1800 watts or so). Go over that and you'll trip a breaker. If you have fuses and an older house, it's really variable.
Figure 300 watts for a heater (?), the canisters use ridiculously small amounts of power (it should be listed somewhere in your pump info), air pumps use only a few watts. The largest energy consumers for a tank would probably be the heater(s) and any fancy lighting. Computers can be real hogs 200 watts+, plus all the other stuff, you may be near the limit.