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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-05-2006, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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I'm Shocked!


Stuck my hand in my 75G heavily planted tank today and I got the strange sensation like sticking my hand in a glass of bubbly 7-up.

I startled me...so I pulled my hand out. On closer examination (and yes...even sticking my hand back in the tank to confirm - I know...not smart) I realized I was being shocked.

Turns out my 250W heater had conked and was electrifying the water. It was pretty painful to have my hand in there.....but the fish seemed completely unaffected.

Anyone else ever get zapped?

Kinda scared me when all was said and done.
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One word (acronym, really,) GFCI. It behooves everybody fooling around with electricity and water in close proximity to have some sort of GFCI outlet for everything to plug into.


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The fish weren't affected because they weren't grounded. You were somewhat grounded so it was just uncomfortable. If you had been well grounded..........
I agree with Cindy, GFCI, GFCI, GFCI!!! (Sung to the tune of YMCA)

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You would have been shocked to heck if you had hard water.
The super soft water in OR saved you.

Try titainum heaters, no breaky and no shocky.

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All of the previous mentioned advice is good. And if you are paranoid like me, you can get one of theses grounding probes. If you insert that into your water - I've got mine in-line with the return from my canister - you add an additional layer of protection for yourself with regard to a lot of bad possible electrical problems.

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I got blasted by my saltwater rig once when a heater had broken. Reached into the sump to readjust a pump -- and let me tell you, I didn't need a second attempt to know I was getting shocked. Of course, saltwater is a much better conductor than soft water.

After that I went with a titanium heater on that tank.

Would rate the experience as not fun, but no lasting damage. Wasn't quite as painful as when I took 110 across my body rewiring an outlet for which I was "certain" I had turned off the breaker. Now I check with a small lamp.

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