In our fifth episode of the Apex series, let's talk about proper mounting of your controller as well as wire management.
Where and how you mount your controller is extremely important to its longevity. The first thing to consider is orientation; all the Apex modules are designed to be mounted horizontally which will prevent any water from running down the cord and into the connector.
TIP: Try to mount everything in an area where you'll have easy access, especially the probe connections since you'll need to change them out occasionally.
As far as the energy bar, resist all temptation to to mount on a flat surface! The last thing you want is water dripping down the cords and directly into your expensive gear. There are four holes on the energy bar for mounting, although the one behind the cable is difficult to get at. You can get away without using it if you mount it using the other three holes securely.
TIP: It's not a good idea to mount modules or energy bars on doors since the moving cables can get caught on things and get pulled out or shorted.
Try to avoid having the cords taught. Instead, ensure your cords have a drip loop, or permanent bend, to prevent water from running directly into outlets. You can us zip ties or adhesive plastic clips to make sure the drip loop stays in place. Drip loops are honestly one of the most important components in maintaining your equipment, as well as keeping your tank and home safe.
TIP: Neatness counts! If your set-up looks tidy, it's also typically safer.
You can pick up some zip ties and/or flat plastic adhesive tiles are your local home improvement store (like Lowe's or Home Depot). We've found that ratchet clamps work well for the probe cables, or anything else you may need to move in the future.
TIP: You can use a mounting board to route cords and install permanent drip loops easily (and it will look pretty slick,too).
As always, if you have any tips for our fellow reefers or questions, let us know in the comments section.
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