Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-15-2005, 11:09 PM   #1
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
Ground probes

The other day Steve put up an article that said that you should not use ground probes. After looking on the internet all night I see the articles running about 50-50 either way. I dont count the ones that are selling them because they are just trying to make a profit. When you read these article,everybody is so sincere. But somebody has to be sincerely wrong.
I just want to know do you use one and what is your experience with them. I understand the part about if you have faulty wiring that it will protect you from being zapped but what does it do for stray electricity. I`ve been using one for eight years with no ill effects that I can tell. I just want whats best for my tank. Let me know.Thanks
__________________

__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2005, 11:17 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Piedmont, NC
Posts: 4,580
I started that thread and do not use one. I asked because I was thinking about getting one. I will not get one unless someone post something really good in support of it. On separate note steve has never steered me wrong and he has been asked to drive a lot.
__________________

__________________
*The fact that no one understands you doesn't make you an artist.
*If guns kill people...Spoons make Michael Moore fat.
Brenden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2005, 01:04 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sturbridge, MA
Posts: 595
Send a message via AIM to jaiden
i'm really no expert at all, but it seems to me that no harm could come of using one. I have one in my tank. The argument is that it gives a direct path to ground that does not go through your heart... good enough for me for $15. I always get nervous when I put a power cord into a tank (salt water conducts better that fresh anyway.) The GFI and the ground probe is a combo that makes sense to me.
__________________
54g all-glass bowfront corner planted FW

Red tiger lilly, Rotala Indica, Sagittaria Subulata, Micro Sword, Cardinal Plant
Fluorite Black sand and gravel
jaiden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2005, 10:06 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 3,294
Re: Ground probes

Quote:
Originally Posted by melosu58
I`ve been using one for eight years with no ill effects know.Thanks
You answered your own question.... If it aint broke then don't try and fix it.
I've have them on both of my tanks and no issues..
__________________
9/02-125 REEF, 125 lbs LR,LS 4x160 VHO, Reef Devil /Sump, Fuge
7/03-55 FOWLR 60lb LR, 50 lb SD sand 2x40 NO strip light, Reef Devil/sump, Fuge

TANK PICS http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=98202
seaham358 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2005, 09:58 PM   #5
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
I agree with you about Steve. He`s got me thinking about this one
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2005, 12:52 PM   #6
EBR
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Maryland
Posts: 140
I don't have one yet, but will soon. Just a few weeks ago, the heater in my QT broke (cracked) -- don't know how, but it did whether my own fault or not. Imagine my surprize when (without seeing the broken heater), I reach in and ZAP! not a good feeling. Until then, I was of the opinion "why waste the $15 bucks?"

Just consider it insurance. No one PLANS to have a broken heater or fail PH cord -- if that's all it took, then we wouldn't be having this thread. Fact is, things DO go wrong, whether it's your doing or not.

Matt
__________________
EBR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2005, 01:19 PM   #7
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Very interesting... Well I guess it would be a precaution for both myself and my animals. I often have my hands in the tank to do one thing or another and I have been shocked once. I am not so sure of its effectiveness with stray voltage. I have seen my fish jump from time to time for no apparent reason and have always wondered if it has to do with some electrical being that there are a total of 6 devices strapped to my tank.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2005, 11:41 PM   #8
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
Thanks for the imput
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2005, 05:48 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Piedmont, NC
Posts: 4,580
Even with the broken heater steve s point is still valid. Your hand completed the circuit, not the fish. Voltage does not kill. Current (amp) does.
__________________

__________________
*The fact that no one understands you doesn't make you an artist.
*If guns kill people...Spoons make Michael Moore fat.
Brenden is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
probes

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ph probes james37128 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 13 04-05-2008 09:57 AM
PH probes Fireworks General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 02-09-2008 11:06 AM
Controller Probes Wizzard~Of~Ozz Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 5 04-30-2007 08:51 PM
Diatom filters and ground probes Tex General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 01-21-2006 08:57 PM
monitoring probes? guitarded Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 10-03-2004 04:03 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.