It is NOT waterproof!!!

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  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    So who of you have dropped something in your tank that's not supposed to get wet? :whistling:

    Here is my list of what has gone for an involuntary swim in my tank....
    • T5 end caps
    • 4ft T5 tube
    • T5 reflector
    • Tunze temperature controller
    • at least 2 multiplugs
    • wooden pegs
    • and just about every single electrical plug that is within 5 metres of my tank :(
    On a side note, when something does fall into the tank, I give it a rinse in tap water then dry it with a hair dryer. If possible I strip it completely first.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    My Metal Halides had a tendency (until recently when I tied it to my plumbing - I do not have lighting brackets above my tank) to fall into the water when we are "cleaning tank" ;-).

    AND: my hydrometer, my turkey baster, my scraping blade - all on a DAILY basis ;-)

    Luckily nothing else electrical - YET....

    Anyone had any CAMERA's fall into their tank water yet?
     
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    Aquarium Tongues.
    Glass of milk (only half full).
    A whole (new) tin of flake food.
    A tennis ball, playing cricket with my son after my wife warned us it was going to happen :)

    My son has had...
    ...a few of his teddies in the sump. Most notibly his lion (he's a repeat offender).
    ...his army men.
    ...all the herbivores of his dinosuar set.
    ...and lots of different bugs, latest are a few flying ants (reismiere).
     
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    Hahaha... I dropped a whole lighting unit into the tank once (thank god at least it wasn't a MH!!). Wow, that did NOT feel good. I swear, for weeks, my hand shook a little any time I went to put my hand in the water...

    You guys do all use those units that protect you against electrocuting yourselves with your MH lights, right? If you don't already have one... get one!! I swear mine has saved my light at least once already!
     
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    digital camera:(
    celphone:whistling:
    metal hailide pendant:p
     
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    Sorry Sara - what units are you talking about? (I am playing dumb here)....
     
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    An RCD i would imagine.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    RCD? Huh? I must be feeling SLIGHTLY daft or something? What?
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    It's a residual current device, basically a very quick operating fuse, it measures any imbalance in the current betreen live and neutral and trips the circuit:)
     
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    Aaahhhh - NO - we do not have those built into South African plugs - SO THAT's WHAT YOU CALL THOSE BLOODY FUSES ON THE BRITISH PLUGS!!!

    I always wondered! I have quite a few of those plugs lying around at home - BUT not enough British multiple plug adaptors to plug them all into... :)
     
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    Ours are called earth leakage units. The currents where they are set to operate still have the potential to kill you though. But better than nothing.
     
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    Hill - in the UK they also have the earth leakage units (exactly the same as ours here), BUT they have the added protection of the fuses built-in to the plugs...
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Fuses in plugs are for pansies :p We're strong here in SA, we enjoy the occasional tickle :lol:
     
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    I was just about to get shocked with my hand in the tank... and then Escom did a load shed... :lol:
     
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    Yeah, what he ^ said... but here we call them something else I think. Thanks Wee-Man.
     
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    Oh, I don't think this thing saves you from small shocks... just really big ones that could kill you. ;)
     
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    Actually the RCD should (and i sat should):whistling: stop any shock, but they don't like MH lights as the initial current surge on fire up is pretty hectic.
     
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    The Normal
    Tongs
    T8 tubes in my sump
    Tot glass'

    about it really nothing exiting

    Oh and he odd screw
     
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    I couldnt figure out why I couldn't see anything taking a top down pic, until I realised my lens was in the water
     
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