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    Stray voltage ?

    Hi All

    I am away from home right now , returning in 5-6 days my wife is looking after my tanks

    So today she was doing something with my frag tank and got a shock from the water so she says

    I know i could use my multimeter and check it out , but im not home and my wife is not going to test it with a multimeter just not going to happen

    So would a volt stick work ? I have one and im sure she can use it , just turn it on put the tip in the water check for voltage or well it need to be grounded ?

    I don't think its stray voltage i guess its faulty equipment

    The tank has the following equipment

    Light fixture
    heater
    power head
    protein skimmer
    Last edited by Jody; 01-03-2012 at 5:58 PM.
    Well Well Well three holes in the ground and still no water





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    I wouldn't...

    http://www.osha.gov/dts/hib/hib_data/hib19911218.html

    "29 CFR 1910.303 (a) and (b) require that electrical equipment be "approved", meaning listed or labeled by a NRTL. Since the "Volt Stick" has not been listed or labeled by a NRTL, it does not meet 29 CFR 1910.303 (a) and (b) standards. The exposed metal clip, aluminum case and cap make the "Volt Stick" a potential conductor and may expose the user to the hazards of electrical shocks."

    I would definitely figure out if SV is an issue. Can be stressful on livestock. If its's the heater, it could be a bad sign that it may blow. Is it a Stealth heater by chance? How bad is the shock? Not that this is safe either but how about unplugging the heater and seeing if the shock is still there?
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    Its a old heater not sure on brand but i do know its a cheap one and its not a stealth thinking maybe a tetra,

    My volt stick is not a conductor its all molded plastic no metal parts but its not water proof only the tip would be as its a molded part , its appoved by c CSA us, CE, TUV, C-Tick. CSA is a NRTL

    Even if i had my wife unplug the heater how would i know if the shock was still there unless she put her hand in the tank again, and she told me it was a bad shock her arm went numb for awhile

    It is a frag tank with only snails and not sure if there alive or not
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    Well Well Well three holes in the ground and still no water



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    Update

    The wife unplugged all the equipment other then the light and installed a old powerhead I had as spare

    so i hope the tank well be fine for next few days

    Thanks all
    Well Well Well three holes in the ground and still no water



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