Electricity and Water Supplies

Let's say you happen to have a closet of appropriate size that you can spare. What else must be taken into account before you begin installing the aquarium? You are going to be cutting a window into the wall; first determine if this is a load-bearing wall. If any doubt exists, consult a licensed contractor. Otherwise, you could seriously weaken the structure of your house! Next, determine if electrical service is located within the wall section to be removed. If so, you will need to reroute the wiring. This may gain you the electrical circuit you need inside the closet to supply the aquarium. On the other hand, this circuit may already be carrying all the load it can handle, and you will require new service for the aquarium equipment. In either case, I strongly recommend obtaining the services of an electrician, unless you thoroughly understand basic home wiring. Wiring in the vicinity of the aquarium should be enclosed in waterproof conduit connecting to waterproof junction boxes. Proper installation requires practice but still lies within the DIY realm if you are the handy type. All circuits must be protected by ground-fault circuit-interrupters (GFCI). This is an extremely important safety precaution. Again, consult a professional unless you thoroughly understand the nature of the work involved.

You may also need a plumber if you intend to have a laundry sink near the aquarium. Plumbing only the filtration system you can probably handle yourself, with the help of the instructions that come with the equipment. You may want to provide a drain valve as part of the filtration system. Ideally, a large tank should drain directly to a sink. If this is impossible, you can install a drain valve that can be connected to a garden hose to direct water to the nearest drain.

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