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    Grounding Probe

    Where is the best location for a grounding probe? In the tank, or in the sump? Putting it in the sump would be nice because it would be hidden with all the other equipment, but would it really help rid the tank of stray voltage?

    180 gallon reef. 230 lbs live rock. Mostly LPS and softies with increasing numbers of SPS. Desjardini Tang, Purple Tang, Powder Blue, Heniochus, Ocellaris clowns, chromis and a mandarin. 3- 250 watt 10000K metal halide lights with 2 VHO actinics.

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    Re: Grounding Probe

    You would figure that since it really is all the same body of water and stray voltage would be through it all. Also the back of the ones Ivan has say it can go in either. I know I'll be getting one for sure and most likely will be putting it in the sump

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    Re: Grounding Probe

    I've got mine in the display- that's where the fish are.  Besides,  I'd rather not wait for the water to circulate before I don't get zapped   ;D
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    Re: Grounding Probe

    at the moment there is a thead started in (rec.aquaria.marine.reef) in regards to this subjuct there is some interesting info..

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    Re: Grounding Probe

    I keep one in the tank and one inthe sump, double protection. One thing I've noticed is people submerging them, and then wonder why they get a shock.

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    Re: Grounding Probe

    I'm having a hard time understanding how you could get shocked from a ground wire... Unless the ground is shorted out(eg touching a live connection) I can't see how you would get shocked. I think I may be missing something here.. help!! lol

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    Re: Grounding Probe

    I'm also a little confussed, the ground probe should be submersed in the water, otherwise it does not do anything. A ground probe should be used in conjuction with a GFI outlet, therefore if the leakage is excessive (5-10 mA) the GFI will trip
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    Re: Grounding Probe

    I think the problem might be that some are emersing the whole probe into the tank when the probes usually have a join between the rod and the wire which is not supposed to get wet.
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    Re: Grounding Probe

    If you read the instructions they say do not submerge below the rubber on the end of the probe, it must be above the water line. It does seem to cause a short and it it also copper wire under that rubber.

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    Re: Grounding Probe

    naaahh. it's just a fancy wire to go to ground..

    if you wanted to use a copper wire (I know you wouldn't ) left over from electrical work, it would be the same thing.

    the only reason they sell is because of the fancy packaging. titanium probe, sealed wire to the outlet, etc.
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