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Old 07-12-2005, 11:33 AM   #11
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Take out the probe IMO. You are better off without it. If there is an actual faulty piece of wiring and you put your hand in the tank.... zap

No probe... no zap. If you know something caused a jolt, replace it.

GFCI's are a much better idea.

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Old 07-12-2005, 11:40 AM   #12
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Consider it gone!

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Glad to see someone posted an article regarding this. I've always preached "current kills, not voltage". The only thing I'd consider a grounding probe for is to detect whether or not your other devices are putting out stray voltage (potential current) -- so you can replace those devices. There is a ton of electical equipment surrounding your miniature ocean. A seriously dangerous combination.

I liked the note about fish swimming away from, or avoiding current flows (current being electrical, not water motion) -- very interesting thought. I've noticed fish will stay in certain areas due to rock formation, lighting, and water flow -- electrical, hmm. Any daredevils out there feel like experimenting by putting a tiny amount of current through your water to see how your fish react?? Seriously kidding of course.
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Actually that is a old redneck fishing trick using a telephone generator. stick the wires in the water and wind it up and the fish will jump out of the water trying to get away from it. PS. dynamite works too. Never seen it done but heard about it
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I found more info on the net supporting the use of a ground probe then say not to use it.
Like other things in this hobby there are many opinions on this subject.
I will be keeping my GP in the tanks..
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Old 07-12-2005, 07:36 PM   #16
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Grounding "probe"... probe is typically used for a testing device. Not a usage device.

*shrugs*

Just a thought.
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Steve that was a shocker. But it sure made sense to me. I guess I `m going to have to remove mine. Thanks Steve
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When i had my trigger (undulate little sob he was) he actually bit through the wiring for one of my pumps.. and everytime i cleaned the tank for about 4 weeks i was getting shocked.. i was like wat the hell.. must be the salt stinging my cut on my hand.. but no i was getting electrocuted HAHAHA.. the voltage doesnt harm the fish.. but as soon as u stick your hand in their... u complete the circuit 8O my hair albert einstein for a day or two..!
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Does anybody have articles to support ground probes. That was one heck of an article from Steve. The only things Ive seen that support them are dealers that sell them. We know they want to make a deal. Just wish I could find an objective piece
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