grounding your marine tank. .

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  1. Zandy

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    I have seen quite a few tanks already but very few have grounding probes. ..I would like to know who use it and how to diy this. ..I know you must use titanium. .where would one find this???
     
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  3. ccwilke

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    What I have heard from @RiaanP and going to do is use a 316 stainless welding rod.Remove the flux from the rod with a hammer.

    Clean it up with sand paper.Bend it to hang over the edge of the tank glass in the sump.Add a electrical connector those black ones with screws add your wire to it and earth it inside a plug.
     
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    Just buy a grounding probe from one of the sponsors. Its relatively inexpensive. Somewhere around R150 IIRC
     
  5. RiaanP

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    All my tanks are grounded.

    Using Stainless steel welding rods.
    Clean the rod, remove the flux, sand it smooth. Give it a hook at one end to fit over the sump edge so that it does not fall in. Using normal electrical connection attach a piece of wire that runs to a 3 prong plug ground pin. Ensure that you plug it in into a earthed socket or earthed multiplug.
     
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    please explain why is it important to ground the tank. probably a noob question but then if its important then I should know
     
  7. Dave F

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    If you do not ground your tank and there is stray voltage, you are likely then to become the earth. In short, it will prevent you from any nasty surprises.
     
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    Faulty equipment could make you into a conducter and kill you. It's not just a possibility, it has happened in SA.
     
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    OK thanks I understand now .. so the grounding will trip the mains if there is a leakage. I'm surprised I've never heard of this before . I'm gonna definitely look into setting up my tank with one
     
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    Check that link @Nemos Janitor posted

    I hope everybody can learn something from Herkie, and that he can still help prevent you from following his path. Even if he cannot post here on MASA anymore.

    NJ, it is good to bring that thread back into the spotlight. There are a lot of new forum members that never heard of Herkie, and must be warned. Thanks

    I got something in my eye.
     
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    The guys have pretty much covered it. I personally would recommend it!
     
  13. Yuri

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    If you have a chiller on the tank it is earthed
    Secondly if you have a stray voltage put your multimeter on AC volts
    Connect one point to earth and one point in the tank. Switch of the tank equipment one by one until the voltage is gone then you know it is that equipment that is going down to earth
     
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    Sand?:whistling:
     
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    @Yuri

    Can you explain this please? Would any earthed piece of equipment earth your tank?
     
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    I have a chiller but i shocked a bit yesterday when I touched the light unit with one hand while the other hand was moving a roch in the tank.. not very smart i know.. I now switch off or move lights before operating in the tank.
     
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    The chillers cooling part is metal where the water run threw thes hat is earthed with the rest of the chiller and salt water conduct well
     
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    Think that answers the question doesn't ground your tank. IMO rather ground it properly.
     
  20. Yuri

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    Your tank is earthed not your lights
    It is as if you put your finger on the earth of a plug then touch the lights
    Your lights must be earthed separately ( thyristors make harmonics that is the reson floresents will always leak )
     
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    All equipment that have an earth does not necessarily earth your tank, they are earthed if that specific item fails or gets water in it. Remember that not all your equipment are earthed or earthed properly so it would be safer to add your own earth, better safe than sorry and sorry might be to late.
     
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