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Old 10-06-2009, 04:22 PM   #11
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Changing your Outlet plug to a GFCI Plug is a better safety feature then a grounding Rod. The problem with the extention cord GFCI units is that they don't reset themselfs, so it the unit tripped it would have to be reset manually to get power back to your pumps and other equip. for your tank.
Also with just a grounding rod you may be masking a bigger problem.
Grounding probes will NOT protect you from shock - that's not what they're meant to do. They're meant to drain off minor stray voltage and protect fish. A GFCI outlet is the only way to protect yourself and in my opinion is one of the few things in this hobby that should be a "must have."

I'm a little confused about the statement regarding GFCI units that don't reset themselves... you don't want them to reset themselves! If the unit trips, and my hand is in the tank, I in no way want that thing to reset itself because it just saved me from going up in a puff of smoke!

In my experience, turning off your powerheads/pumps isn't a bad thing if you're going to do tank maintenance, or even feed. It's actually a good habit to get in to when you feed because that way you're not blowing food all around the tank. By keeping the currents to a minimum, it allows the "cloud" of food to be eaten mostly by the fish, and not blown into inaccessable areas just to decompose and pollute your water. My fish don't seem the least bit concerned when the pumps/powerheads go off, and I haven't ever had issues with premature failure of those things.
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:04 PM   #12
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Good points all.

But I can't modify the outlets since we are renting so I will have to just get the plug in GFCI

You all are the best. Thanks so much for the advice. I pick up my LR tomorrow. This is so exciting! Even if it is just water blowing around.


I meant CANT!
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:06 PM   #13
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Good points all.

But I can modify the outlets since we are renting so I will have to just get the plug in GFCI

You all are the best. Thanks so much for the advice. I pick up my LR tomorrow. This is so exciting! Even if it is just water blowing around.
We're Excited for YOU... And remember.. Post some Pics when you get it in there~!
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:48 PM   #14
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I think you are fine. My 55g has been within 2' of my TV for three years and I've never had a problem.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:18 PM   #15
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Grounding probes will NOT protect you from shock - that's not what they're meant to do. They're meant to drain off minor stray voltage and protect fish. A GFCI outlet is the only way to protect yourself and in my opinion is one of the few things in this hobby that should be a "must have."

I'm a little confused about the statement regarding GFCI units that don't reset themselves... you don't want them to reset themselves! If the unit trips, and my hand is in the tank, I in no way want that thing to reset itself because it just saved me from going up in a puff of smoke!

In my experience, turning off your powerheads/pumps isn't a bad thing if you're going to do tank maintenance, or even feed. It's actually a good habit to get in to when you feed because that way you're not blowing food all around the tank. By keeping the currents to a minimum, it allows the "cloud" of food to be eaten mostly by the fish, and not blown into inaccessable areas just to decompose and pollute your water. My fish don't seem the least bit concerned when the pumps/powerheads go off, and I haven't ever had issues with premature failure of those things.
My bad, I meant that the extension cord type won't reset(resume power) themselfs after a power outage.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:41 PM   #16
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Your TV? Wait till you see how many cords you have running into the water in your tank or sump. The TV is the least of your worries.

I wouldn't worry to much though. the devices are designed for that.
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My bad, I meant that the extension cord type won't reset(resume power) themselfs after a power outage.
Not true.

I got into this on another thread somewhere here... I'll see if I can find it. But the short story is that only certain kinds of plug-in GFCIs won't reset after a power outage - most of the ones you and I buy in the store will not require a manual reset after a power outage. I know... I have several.
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That's cleared up. check before you buy...
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Here's the linky to the other thread I was talking about...

UPS and GFCI and Power Interruption

prissysmom... rather than an extension cord version, this type might work better for you:

http://www.premiumaquatics.com/aquat.../TM-GFI-5.html

Think you can get them at most chain hardware stores.
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i have never been shocked.. and my hands have been in out of my tanks alot to either clean them or to replace the plants they have knocked around.. as far as the tank in front of the window. i just don't know about that even with a little bit of sun light i fight algay all the time so i replaced my tanks in my house away from direct sunlight or one was not in direct sunlight and alittle bit of sun light hit it and caused a little algay. i hope this helped out a little on your question
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