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Old 03-11-2011, 02:41 PM   #1
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Plugging a Grounding Probe

Last night I bought a titanium grounding probe for my freshwater tank (120 gal). I plan to place it either in the sump (if I have space or in the overflow (cornero-flo).

I don't have a GFCI outlet near the tank and I don't think I will install one. What I have it's a surge protector battery backup, those that are used for computers, and that's where I'm connecting my heater, pump, lights, etc. Can I connect the probe there? or it needs to be plugged into a GFCI?
or can I get a plug-in GFCI? In the last case, the connection would be like this: connect the grounding probe to a surge protector battery backup, the battery backup to an extension cord and the extension cord to a GFCI plugged to my regular outlet (non GFCI). Is that acceptable?

Is it really necessary?

I will place a 300W submersible titanium heater in the sump, close to the submersible pump, I also have a small air stone in there. That's why I'm not sure if I'm going to have space for the probe there or if I would have to place it in the internal overflow.

Besides the placement, is it a bad thing, I was reading that it can cause some serious problems and it can do more damage than help and other people say it's a good thing to have. What are your opinions?

Thanks in advance.
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