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« on: September 26, 2017, 07:27:08 PM »

I've got a little issue that I'm hoping someone can help me with. I put a few lps in my tank the other day and they were a flop in no time. all parameters good and water changes regularly (RO/DI). tonight, while standing barefoot and working in the sump, I felt a small shock where I have a cut on my finger. I don't feel it at all with the power bar off. and very little without the main recirculating pump. I don't have another pump on hand tonight but is there something that I can do to fix this? the pump seems to be working fine. I also don't feel it anywhere other than where the cut is. I appreciate any help. thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 07:37:30 PM »

ok. so I realized I did have another pump. this one had 3 prongs (ground). the problem went away. very dangerous and concerning to know that this can happen and you don't even know it. any suggestions to make sure it doesn't happen with another piece of equipment.... (and why wouldn't a pump be grounded????)
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 09:46:43 PM »

People do grounding probes to ground the whole tank.  Google it, its supposed to be relatively easy if you have a grounded outlet.  Also supposed to help with HLLE
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2017, 07:19:56 AM »

I've read up a lot about it. I now am currently grounding the tank but there's speculation that it could actually be worse on the inhabitants even though it's safer for you.
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 10:47:23 AM »

Three of my four tanks are plugged into a surge protector ,then they are plugged into a GFI outlet .

I find myself checking out the inhabitants in tank before I stick my hands in them .

I once had an issue with a return pump . I felt it in my elbow .
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