Earth your tank

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  1. Bendor

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    As @RiaanP and others have described. Stainless steel rod in tank, wired to earth prong of three prong plug, plug it in the wall and Ta Da!

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    better save than shocked...
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    Does the Stainless steel set in the water of the tank.
     
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    Where did you get the earth wire?
     
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    Yes, hang it directly in the water, sump for aesthetics.

    Plug it in and forget about it.
     
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    Builders. They have a range of wires.
     
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    Very good idea. Will be doing my tank tomorrow
     
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    I've been meaning to do mine for months! Took 5 minutes.
     
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    Alert Steel have 316 stainless steel welding rods. Just clean off the flux.

    316 stainless last the longest.
     
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    Good on you mate, I have near the same thing so it sets off the earth leakage switch and no harm to me,lol.
    Plus I use a similar one for my generator to earth it.
    Plus in the sump I use 316 stainless, marine grade.
     
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    Ok...I'm going to ask a very dumb question...:blush:..what is the difference between the 2 options..? Between "earth my tank" and "grounding probe"..I hate Electricity so never really bothered looking into this as in most cases the grounding probe route just "sounded" very complicated to me and the DIY versions felt like it exposed to much "open wire"..:p I saw this on one of the other Links...
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    http://www.marinedepot.com/Titanium...Aquariums-TAAM_Via_Aqua-TA1111-FIMIGF-vi.html

    Now as a Female, I like this...looks like "plug-in-and play"..minus the plug conversion..:p ..this one goes where...?....

    And the one Bendor posted will go in the water...? Like a heater..? Plug in the wall one end and "rod section" in water...? Are there any disadvantages to either route..?..like shocking...:p
     
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    Same same. Probe or wire in tank and plug in the wall. Yours looks nicer.
     
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    Any stray voltage will trip the mains instead of shocking you senseless. If the mains trip, restart everything except your tank wall plug. Then switch the db switch for your tank wall plugs on. If it trips, you know it's your tank. Switch everything in your tank off, now start again by switching the mains back on. Then one by one switch your tank components on. The first one to trip the electricity is the culprit. Remove it and burn it at the stake. Then redo the process and confirm that ALL other equipment is safe and there is no other real killer in the mix. You may have just removed the low voltage leaker and not the real danger. Unlikely but possible.

    Burning at the stake can substituted with proper repair by professional.
     
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    If it is in the sump, won't your main tank be isolated when the return pump(s) are off?
     
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    After a while yes, it takes a while for the return and exit hoses to dry out.
    If it is the main tank it is usually the lights as it should be due to all heaters,chiller pump, etc,they should be in the sump and the wave makers should not be an issue.
     
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    just please explain again ... when and where is there a shocking hazard ?
     
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    Most equip we use for aquariums is self earthing, when this goes haywire the elec is free in your water and when you touch the water the power goes through you to reach an earth, if you don’t have rubber shoes or thongs on that is, if they are wet it doesn’t matter then, you will most likely get fried.
    If your water is connected to your power points earth, this can not happen with earth leakage.
     
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