Pump electrical problem

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  1. Warr7207

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    My CaRx's pump is leaking voltage into my system. Not full 220VAC, but enough to make your fingers tingle.

    I opened the back end of the Reef Octo pump and it has a resin seal over the electrical connections.

    Is there anyway of getting to the electrics or do I have to buy a new pump.

    Wondering if this is what made all my Softies unhappy ?
     
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    I've been having the same problems with my Reef Octopus pump,and they continuesly blow up,Irie Ivan had the same problem.We both replaced the pumps with the Haliea's and no problems.
     
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    Cool, how would be able to work out what Haliea is going fit on my reactor ?
     
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    Cant get the exact spec, but it is the 1000lph.
     
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    The spec I am sure will be pretty close, my concern is the connectors. In/Outlets
     
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    Mines fitted on perfectly.Does yout reactor come with the OTP 1000?
     
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    No I have the OTP500
     
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    So go look for a Haliea that is 500lph,it will match up identically.
    If you say 500lph,that means you got the smaller reactor.
     
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    My octo pump burnt out on my carx. Waiting for a hailea pump to replace it.
     
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    I feel the problem with the octo pumps on the Carx is that it is needle wheel.The small particles jam up the impellor easily. Where as with the Haliea's they have standard impellors.
     
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    also look at fitting a earthing probe (stainless steel tip touching the water and wiredto the earth in a plug) helps for little unforseen electrical problems..
     
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    If you have a earthing probe, won't you cause problems for your livestock as you completing the circuit and making the entire water column live ?
     
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    Yip small tank, small reactor ;)
     
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    Warr,how many litres is your tank?Cant remember now.
     
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    its fitted to the earth prong of the plug so if there is a major electrical fault it should trip the earth leakage other than that its purpose is to harness and rid the system of free roaming electric energy which causes electrolysis. the fast erosion of impellors etc are a result of electrolosys..

    correct me if im wrong but thats the best way i can think to explain it...
     
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    I think a grounding probe is a bad idea, rather sort out the problem electrical item

    Check out this article:
    http://avdil.gtri.gatech.edu/RCM/RCM/Aquarium/GroundingProbes.html

    "In conclusion, the addition of a “grounding probe” will guarantee an electrical current flow in your aquarium and may induce erratic behavior or disease in your fish. If you have defective aquarium appliances that are creating a current path in your aquarium by using the salt water as a conductive medium, then the solution is to repair the appliances or replace them... not divert a portion of the current into a “grounding probe”. "
     

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