Making your tank safer

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  1. magman

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    Hi all,

    I got a real shock with the passing away of Herkie, and a fright as to the dangers we can put ourselves in with reefing, especially electrical, but even to handling zoa's (paly's), foxface's, lions etc, the list can go on


    So I just thought if maybe any guru's could share some safety tips, especially with regards to electrical, especially in the sump where most plugs etc are located.
     
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  3. JDV

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    yes please any ideas will be great.
     
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    Read somewhere, you want a piece of titanium rod (will not corrode like SS) in the sump, wired up to an earth on your plug system. Would like to hear from the more competent electricians here if that's a fail safe set up?
     
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    I've always believed in grounding my tanks & have used a 316 stainless steel welding rod as a ground probe connected to an earth wire which worked for me for many years.
     
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    I just switch off everything at the plugs before i put a hand in the tank or sump, even just to stick a piece of nori to the glass.
     
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    We did a whole thread on grounding probes a while ago. And I warned about this issue then. Hope we all take it serious this time round. I will look and see if I can find the thread.
     
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    I neatened up my wiring after hearing about Herkie
     
  11. magman

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    I think this thread is more for all the dangers in the hobby, from posinous fish, to dangerous corals
     
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    stand on a small stool just to lift u off the ground when u in the tank thats wat i do hahaha
     
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    There is no doubt the most dangerous item in any aquarium is always the heater.
    this is mainly to do with there fragility.

    Always unplug or switch of your heater before working in your sump especially if you have liverock and heaters in the same chamber.

    Regarding the main display this is where spending money on those 12 volt wave pumps pays of.

    Hydor,Vortech and Tunze all offer very high quality low voltage wave pumps.

    T.S.R. do custom titanium grounding probes for any tank and recommend to all our customers .

    Another place where you have to be extra carefull is when doing water changes.

    i have often seen guys doing water changes and at some point had a heater exposed either in the sump or in the mixing tub during the water change.

    Be carefull guys get into a safety routine and stick to it.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Dallas' Safety Tips

    1. The most dangrous thing you can put in your tank are your hands, from venomous fish to electricy to poisons, we must limit why we put our hands in our systems.

    2. ALWAYS research what you put in your tank, i am surprised by what people dont know about the livestock they keep, zoas, rabbit fish, even some snails

    3. Always consult your peers if there is anything you are unsure off.

    more later
     
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    Its a good practice to do this, infact I got my father to do it to my mothers tank today! I would place one in both the tank and sump, as it would help against any posible isolation between the tank and sump.

    It should cause the earth leakage to drop should there be a voltage "leaked" into the water.
    @Electrician24 @Alan
     
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    Not if the leakage is a nutral to earth leak.
     
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    Don't mount plugs below the water level. Having them higher will prevent water running down the wires and into the socket.
     
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    Hey guys, so the danger of zoa's has cropped up here a couple times. Can anyone explain what the danger is in handling zoa's and what is the correct way to go about it?
     
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    Paly toxic poisen, you can get it from the poisen going into a cut, I have caught it in my eye before scraping zoas off the rocks before, now I rather look like a nerd and use safety glasses,
    even someone steaming some LR that had some zoas on, the fumes nearly killed him, or he was at least hospitalised, check the link

    Steamed Palythoas send well-informed aquarist to the emergency room, nearly to the gr


     
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    Sad to see a friend pass before we realize we are working /playing with dangerous animals/equipment.
    Funny, years back when we did our wire man's license, we were taught how far a plug point/light point need to be away from a water point. Then one end up having plugs/lights etc not even 300mm away from water
     
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