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Unread 04/07/2008, 12:02 PM   #1
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GFCI: If you don't have one, get one!

It likely saved my fish, and probably my own life this past weekend! I removed my canopy (which had a T5HO retrofit installed in it) in order to get to the back of my tank so I could scrape it clean. I have my Ice Cap 660 ballast installed on the top of the canopy, and I had unplugged the harness and removed the ballast to save weight - that canopy was heavy enough as it was.

When I put the canopy back on the tank, the harness that plugs into the ballast fell into my tank, and everything shut off perfectly - even though I had unplugged the harness, I never unplugged the cord out of my powerstrip (dumb). That was live 110v that dipped into my 90g tank!

So if you don't have your equipment plugged into a GFCI outlet, please install one. I installed mine back when I setup my tank, but always wondered if it actually worked. Well, now I know it works, and I'm still around to spread the word!

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Unread 04/07/2008, 12:05 PM   #2
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good advice

a left over shrimp shedding is not "a sicilian message meaning luca brasi sleeps with the fishes"
fish are friends, not food

Current Tank Info: 90gal salt, 2 250mh 14k hamiltons 2 110 actinic, 127lbs LR,50lbs tonga 70lbs indonesia 7lbs tonga branch asm g3
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