Earthing your tank

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  1. mitchel

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    After getting quite a shock the other day, my skimmer pump is to blame I found the trend on how to earth your tank with a welding rod,wore and a plug. How many of you have done this and has it worked for you
    I'm going to make one cause after the shock I got I'm nervier to put my hand in the tank even though I've fixed the skimmer pump, the heater or other pumps could leak electricity in the water
     
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    I've done it on all my tanks.

    Last time this kicked the DB box out was due to a faulty heater. Just after midnight. Without it it would have hit me so bad first thing that morning when I fed my fish. Barefoot and in my pajamas, (or lack of pajamas). :lol:

    For those who want to know how to do it.
    DIY grounding probe - Marine Aquariums South Africa
     
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    make sure your house is earthed correctly too, no use having an earth probe and your house earth isn't earthed, I re-earthed my roof(tin) and my earth leakage(board) after my Father got hit by lightning earlier this year. Find a decent moist patch close to a wall, bang in an earth spike and make a moist patch that you water every so often, have it mostly in a shaded area all day. It's even a good idea to change the circuit breaker on the plugs that supply power to your tank to like a 10 amp breaker.
     
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    My skimmer also does it, got such a fright other day. Whats easiest way to earth the tank?
     
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    ive just made a diy ground probe for tank, did a test and my skimmer pump is charging my tank water. no more shocks for me thank goodness. now time to order a red devil skimmer pump :thumbup:
     
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    Just did mine too, feel much better. Those dam shocks were getting to me. Can actually fiddle in my sump without a ZAP!!!
     
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    Should still search for that piece of equipment that does leak electricity and replace it. A pump that leaks a little bit today, will trip the house power after midnight on a Saturday night.

    Easiest is to put a Multimeter / Voltmeter on the earth wire you got in your tank. Unplug all equipment. And switch them back on one by one, each time checking the Multimeter for a reading. Remember that heaters, if they are at fault can stuff you around. Only giving a reading when they switch on. OK, depends on type of heater. also, keep your hands out of the water while doing this test. Duh.
     
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    well said RiaanP
     
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    Thank god i did my tank, while i was fiddling in sump my heater exploded and the earth leakage tripped. If my tank wasnt earthed i might have been fried. Thanks to Riaans past posts i actually did it :eek:
     
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