珊瑚缸是家居装饰中一个非常不错的摆设,不过面对一堆杂乱无章的电线,珊瑚缸的美也荡然无存。不幸的是,一个珊瑚缸通常都需要运行很多小设备,这意味着大量的东西需要插座插入,以及,无所不在的电线。


 

对于组装一台游戏电脑来说,电线管理是一门艺术,但这项技术才刚刚开始成为设立珊瑚缸整体方法的一部分。有许多公司致力于发明各种电线管理设备和电线管理板,我们最近拿到了Marine Depot 控制箱,在Reef Builder的工作室里先行体验了一番。

 

MD控制箱是黑色的,不过为了跟工作室颜色搭配相匹配,我们把它涂成了白色。控制箱最漂亮的地方不是你能看见什么,而是它隐藏了什么。电源板,电源供给器,所有东西都紧凑而又简单明了排布在箱子内。


 

有一个关键点就是,在控制箱内部,有几条仅6英寸(15cm)特殊定制电源线来支持电源供给器的电源供给,并且控制箱内部也非常容易整理。这些短而精悍的电线有效减少了控制箱内部设备所需要的大量电线,并且每条都有独特的颜色,便于区分。


 

Marine Depot控制箱的一个缺点就是没有任何指导说明,有那么多连接点和组件需要检查,几乎无从下手。一些示例可以帮助新手着手进行安装。但是,如果你从安装电源板开始,接下来是电源供给器,再按照我们的总体布局来安装,其余部分应该就很简单了。

 

最后,我们没有用螺丝把控制箱装在墙壁上,实际上,我们用了一对倒钩挂着控制箱,还有一个单独的倒钩把控制箱固定在侧面,这样可以方便进入控制箱操作。控制箱零售价139美元(约人民币954元),然后你需要花一个小时来安装它。不过绝对值得这么做,你珊瑚缸周遭环境看起来整齐干净多了,并且还方便未来你进行调整。


 

原文:

Reef tanks can be a very beautiful piece of living furniture in many settings but nothing can detract from the aesthetic more than a tangled mess of wires. unfortunately, it usually takes a lot of gadgets and gizmos to have a fully loaded reef aquarium display which means a lot of things to plug in, and a lot of wires going all over the place. 

  

Cable management is a fine art for building gaming PC computers but the craft is only just beginning to become part of a holistic approach to reef building. There’s been a number of companies that have developed various takes on cable management kits and boards and we recently took the Marine Depot controller board for a spin at the Reef Builders Studio. 

 

The MD Controller Board comes in black but we spray painted our demo unit white to match the motif of the studio. The most beautiful part of the completed controller board is not what you can see but everything that is hidden – the power strip, all power supplies, and the whole kit tightly wound up into a simple straightforward arrangement. 

 

One key asset which helped to keep the inside of the MD Controller Board very well organized is specially purchased ‘power cords’ to supply electricity to the power supplies which are only six inches long. These short power cords drastically reduced the amount of cabling needed to be managed inside the controller board and the distinct color also helps to visualize what’s what, at a glance. 

 

The one thing lacking from the Marine Depot Controller Board is any kind of direction or instructions – with so many attachment points and different components to keep in check, it’s kind of hard to know where to start – some illustrated examples would go a long way to help the uninitiated get started. But if you start with the power strip, then move onto the power supplies and follow the general layout we came up with, the rest of it should fall into place. 

 

Finally, instead of screwing the entire board to the wall we actually used a pair of hooks to hold up the entire thing and a separate hook to catch the board on the side when access to the cabling is required. The board retails for $139 and organizing all the cables  really takes at least a solid hour to get everything in place, but man it sure does make the environment around the tank so much cleaner, and it also will streamline any changes made to the power center in the future.