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Old 09-02-2006, 10:07 PM
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Warning: Stray voltage

Well folks, here's another incident of stray voltage. A couple of things to note. First, this was in my saltwater mixing tub, not my display. So this particular incident was not threatening to my livestock. Second, I'm still here to report this, so it wasn't life threatening to me either

I found out there was stray voltage when I happened to touch the water in the mixing tub. I got a slight shock. Not sure it was even a shock, I put my finger into the water again. It seems that I was getting the shock only in my finger with an open cut.

Not knowing which appliance was causing this (only a mag 3 and a heater in the tub) I unplugged each. It was once again another brand of heater. I already replaced a failing WON bros. heater in this tub about a year ago. This time, the failing heater was a STEALTH. Obviously I took it out immediately and replaced it with a new Finnex I had in my 'overstock' cache`.

I touched the water again after replacing the heater and was shock free.
I'm now up to two brands of heaters I will never use again, STEALTH and WON Bros. Hopefully the Finnex will work without incident.

Hope this helps others when making there heater selection.

Russ
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Old 09-02-2006, 11:16 PM
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You know come to think about it, when i had my heater running before the summer (ran the stealth 200w) I also noticed a shock in my fingers, but thought it was due to the salt and/or an open wound somewhere.....
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Old 09-02-2006, 11:19 PM
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You know come to think about it, when i had my heater running before the summer (ran the stealth 200w) I also noticed a shock in my fingers, but thought it was due to the salt and/or an open wound somewhere.....
Chris, that was my initial reaction. I thought it might have been like the proverbial salt in an open wound syndrome. So I stuck the same finger into my dispaly tank. No shock.

Funny that yours was a Stealth also.
This isolated incident could become a recurring incident.

Heads up everyone with a Stealth.

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Old 09-02-2006, 11:45 PM
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thankgod your allright and nothing major happened... ... so i guess imma go out and by myself another heater and get rid of my stealth...
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Old 09-02-2006, 11:47 PM
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Good info and great reminder. I need to order a grounding probe and new heater (last one cracked)
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Old 09-02-2006, 11:59 PM
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I suspect stray voltage in my display tank. Gotta figure out how to test for it and try to run down the culprit.

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Old 09-03-2006, 12:11 AM
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ah nothing better then a nice jolt.

i recently grabbed a cord to pull out and my hand was wet. o man, that woke me up.
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Old 09-03-2006, 02:19 AM
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I actually got a really strong shock once. I noticed it happened after I placed my Tunze Turbelle in the tank. The shock actually made a sound and have been noticing that my fish showing up with torn fins. How can I truly find out which appliance is leaking voltage into my tank?
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Old 09-03-2006, 03:18 AM
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My Stealth heater just killed half my fish last week. It was a new heater too.

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