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Old 01/04/2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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Stray Electricity

Hi everyone...I just noticed that I have quiet a bit of stray electricity in my tank.
What effect does it have?
How to get rid of it?


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:07 PM   #2
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It causes HLLE and you could die.
Unplug one thing at a time until it goes away. Then replace it.


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:19 PM   #3
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whats HLLE ?


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:23 PM   #4
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Head and Lateral Line Erosion


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:26 PM   #5
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hmm ok unplugged one by one and it is BOTH of my koralia's 4. Is there a way to get rid of it other than replacing item. One of them is brand new.. just had it replaced last week.


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:27 PM   #6
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Also a grounding probe might be a good safety item if it happens again.


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:30 PM   #7
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Does your power strip have a three prong plug?


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:33 PM   #8
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yes three..... this particular strip powers wavemaster pro with 4 maxijets and 2x koralia 4...... only when i unplug both koralias the zappin goes away. is this usual for the koralias? what does the grounding probe do?


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:40 PM   #9
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Power heads do add minimal current to the water. Not much but just enough to feel it. Personally I use a ground probe, but you will get all sorts of opinions on that one. Basically, instead of the current going through your arm, it goes to the probe.
On a more severe situation note.
I just looked at my H4 plugs, they are 2 prong. 1 Hot and 1 Neutral. GFCI will only trip when there is a short between neutral and ground. If your tank is not grounded, there can be no short to trip the GFCI if it is a severe problem.


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:47 PM   #10
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so if I'm understanding this correct.....a ground probe removes the electricity from the tank? The electricity has to go from the koralia to the probe....so is there still current in the tank?


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Old 01/04/2008, 04:32 PM   #11
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Saltwater is ionic in nature and if you test it you will get a voltage reading as a result. How much voltage are seeing? This mystical "stray voltage" bs dosn't seem to have any validity IMO... If however, a pump or something malfunctions, you could be electrocuted, and in some cases a ground probe along with a GFCI may help prevent this.

As for HLLE read this.
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-06/sp/index.php


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Old 01/04/2008, 04:55 PM   #12
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I have a question about this. I utilize two GFCI outlets for my tank, and one ground probe. Do I need to add a second ground probe?

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Old 01/04/2008, 04:57 PM   #13
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I just wonder how much of this "stray electricity" is really just static electricity shocks...


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Old 01/04/2008, 05:01 PM   #14
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not to get into all the ground probe stuff, etc. .but

1) a gfci senses current draw between load and neutral - a ground has nothing to do with it

2) you don't need a second probe zotzer


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Old 01/04/2008, 05:48 PM   #15
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I'm not sure how much voltage it actually has since i dont have a tester.....but its enough that I pulled my hand away cause I got zapped. I turned the koralias off now...I'll borrow a tester from someone tomorrow and see how much it has.


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Old 01/04/2008, 06:18 PM   #16
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Is it possible you got one of the recalled (or warned, whatever they called it) pumps? Where did you get it?


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Old 01/04/2008, 06:21 PM   #17
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got both at my LFS ... how do I find out about the recall....this is the first i heared of it. what was the recall for?


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Old 01/04/2008, 06:30 PM   #18
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Most tingling is probably psychoschematic or sensitive skin. If you are actually getting shocked, it is a real problem and something need to be replaces ASAP. A ground probe will only mask the problem.


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Old 01/04/2008, 06:33 PM   #19
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not sure that its sensetive skin. I had a wet hand and just tested by barely touching my fingernail and got zapped. i will get a tester tomorrow and see what it reads. how do you test this on what setting? red in water / blk on a ground?


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Old 01/04/2008, 06:40 PM   #20
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Heres a post I had a couple months ago. I would read the articles that where recommended in that post. I found it very useful.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...readid=1266736


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Old 01/04/2008, 06:41 PM   #21
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set the meter to AC voltage and place the red probe in the tank and the black to the ground in an outlet. You will get your voltage.


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Old 01/04/2008, 06:52 PM   #22
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If you touch the water and you are not standing in a bucket of salt water connected with copper wire to a ground then what you are feeling is STATIC ELECTRICITY. The constant flow of the water molecules builds up a STATIC charge which "zaps" you when you touch the water. I have been zapped by static electricity many many times when touching my tank water and also when touching the flow coming out of the tap.


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Old 01/04/2008, 07:10 PM   #23
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Quote:
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If you touch the water and you are not standing in a bucket of salt water connected with copper wire to a ground then what you are feeling is STATIC ELECTRICITY. The constant flow of the water molecules builds up a STATIC charge which "zaps" you when you touch the water. I have been zapped by static electricity many many times when touching my tank water and also when touching the flow coming out of the tap.
i c ...... but why do i only get zapped when the koralias are plugged in?


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Old 01/04/2008, 07:16 PM   #24
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The problem may not BE that the Koralias are introducing stray voltage into the tank, but rather they may be acting as ground probes.

The best way to see if its the pumps is to place them in a plastic bucket and see if you still get zapped (or read excess voltage). If they read very low or nothing in the bucket the pumps aren't causing the voltage.


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Old 01/04/2008, 07:20 PM   #25
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this should be an interesting little experiment. I will try testing all this tomorrow.


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