Urgent help needed Pump shocking

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  1. ZaxXx

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    Put my hand in to the tank and got a hectic voltage shock, not the type that can kill but the type that hurts... My fish dont seem to be jumping around or moving any extra when ever i switch on the skimmer so will this affect my tank or not?

    Also what could be wrong with the pump and can it be fixed?
    I hope so!
    Thanks
     
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  3. mytank

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    What pump is it, shouldn't affect (but never good to have a leakage) your fish as they not grounded...

    Can you not take it back
     
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    ZaxXx

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    its my Aqua medic SL1000 pump
     
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    these type of things are difficult to trouble shoot - you might want to take it back to the place you bought it and get a new one. Check for wires that have been snipped due to sharp glass, LR etc

    If the wiring is ok then it's internal to the pump. You sure it's the pump?
     
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    ZaxXx

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    100% that pump , i isolated it... was a 2nd hand pump that i bought last year
     
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    pumps do not last forever.

    The pump on my TS1 gave about 35V. I silicone closed the spot where the wire goes into the back of the pump. And that helped and dropped the stray voltage to 2V. That is acceptable, you will not get rid of that. As the induced magnetic field around each pump do introduce some stray voltage into the tank. That is normal. Same for magnetic ballast units.

    Check the voltage released. Take a 3-prong plug, and only attach a ground wire. NO WIRES ON THE SMALLER PINS AT ALL.
    Plug it is, and attached a multimeter negative / black line onto the wire coming out the plug. and the red line dump it in the tank. Check the voltage.
     
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    ZaxXx

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    Thanks Riaan will try the silicone thing. funny thing is that my skimmer is still working 100% fine. I'll try to get hold of a volt meter after work...
    Damn thing happened JUST when I tort my main expenses where almost over!
     
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    Throw the pump away, you are playing with your life here.
     
  10. Afsal

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    Wearing rubber soled shoes will help .....
     
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    ZaxXx

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    lol... i was doing that. Standing on a stool and working in the tank lol
    how much is a new AM ph2500 pump cost??
     
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    Agreed!

    A shock is a shock, if the pump is leaking voltage then through it away and replace it!

    You CANNOT fix it!
     
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    +1 on this. Normally the insulation on the cable breaks down where the cable enters the pump.
     
  14. crispin

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    when the electrical guru says throw it away id listen.....you send it to lighty and tell him to fix it.

    but seriously you are playing a dangerous game with a pump like that....chuck it
     
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    Agree - THROW AWAY....

    Should make an Electric Eel grow like crazy though... :p
     
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    Some times it is not the pump but a voltage leak between nutral and earth. This is a house wiring issue.

    Also make sure that water/salt creep has not entered the plug socket. Current will travel along the outside of the pump cord.

    If the above is all good then toss the pump as copper and/or iron will enter the aquarium through electrolysis.
     

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