Fan installation

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by ddaddy2420, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. ddaddy2420

    Thread Starter New Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    I am wanting to install this fan in the hood of my saltwater tank aquarium to help with some of the heat coming from my lights, only problem is i don't know what i need to run it. The fan says its manufacturer is ebmpapst, made in Hungary. It says on the side - 115V 50Hz 230mA 19W; 115V 60Hz 210mA 18W. Can i simply cut an electrical cord and tie it to the 2 plugins pictured here? I think this is made to mount on a computer door but I am wanting to use it differently, i just don't know how to get electricity to it.

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  2. Dodgydave

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jun 22, 2012
    You could solder the wires on to the pins and then cover them with shrink sleeving,

    However i would strongly recommend using a 12V fan say from an old computer or psu unit, and a small power supply as your coming into contact with water, and thats dangerous!
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  3. wayneh


    Sep 9, 2010
    Yes. Be careful please, especially around saltwater. When you say "tie", I hope you mean solder, or use the proper connectors. You do NOT want the wires coming off.
  4. mcgyvr

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 15, 2009
    And of course I hope your tank is on a GFCI circuit (or multiple GFCI's)..
    Many run half the equipment on 1 GFCI and half on another so that in the event that one GFCI does trip the other stays going keeping the tank/inhabitants alive..

    But as to your original question yes.. Either solder or use wire nuts to a standard 2 prong electrical cord/plug and plug it in.. (not a bad idea to put a 1 Amp fuse/holder inline on the hot lead either)

    But again MAKE sure you have a GFCI.. (either built into the main outlet or a powerstrip with GFCI or a GFCI breaker) It will save your life the second any of your submersible equipment (heaters/return pump,etc..) decide to not be so "waterproof" anymore.. It happens quite often..