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    That's right ... I've included a spot for the protein skimmer in my rough (8ish) calculation.

    Makes me feel downright parsimonious allocating each spot!

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    One more thing ... what exactly is a GFCI outlet? Are they easy to install? Is it a plug n' play sort of thing or something best left for an electrician?

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    Nighty... Home Depot has them... and yes they also have the plug and play version.

    Its a small breaker that will kill the power before you get zapped!! The regular versions replace your original outlet(comes with instructions)... but I have seen the ones you just plug into your existing outlet. Hope this helps.

    IJO

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    GFCI = Ground Fault Circuit Interruptor.

    IJO summed it up pretty well.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Essential if you don't want electrical device leakage into your tank from faulty pumps and heaters ...

    Van
    It's not junk, it's un-assembled DIY!

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    Gosh. I hadn't a clue. Thank you.

    The plug in variety may be better suited for my situation. Will look into it at my local Home Hardware.

    On a related note, researching reef tanks has certainly broadened my 'practical knowledge' base. I had no idea when I first set out that I'd be learning so much about different types of lighting, lighting intensity, hydro bill calculation, different varieties of algae ... I feel so accomplished.

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    If i was to do it again... I would wire two circuits each on its own GFCI one for return pump/heater and one for intank pumps/heater and lights. these gfci trip at 6 mili amps very small amount of currant if a fault was to happen when your not there you would still have some water movement and heat in the tank.long cable runs ,extension cords and power bars all can add up to a tripped GFCI this happens usually when your timer calls for lighting..and your away for the long weekend

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    Great point Orion!!

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