Originally Posted by FishMad
Just to clarify, I am in AUSTRALIA and the powerboard I refer to is the one described by 'AbbeysDad' as a GFI Power Strip which, is obviously what they are called in the Northern Hemisphere.
Had hoped my post would be helpful, not attacked
Not everyone is able to mount powerboards to walls, as is my case (asbestos walls) so was offering alternate safety advice
Am glad that things are under control and no injuries occured.
One does not have to attach the GFI powerstrips to the wall. I have tanks that set on wrought Iron stands and powerstrip is hung up off the floor with zip ties attached to the stand.
Other stands are wood and powerstrips are attached to the wood with simple eyelet screws and zip ties either to the back of the stand, or inside.
Any time airstones or sponge filter's running off of air pumps are used,, I place an inexpensive check valve in the airline .
I once had a 55 gal tank drain onto living room floor when return hose came loose from the tank and dropped to the floor.
Nearly had the same thing happen to my 80 gal planted tank a couple months back when after cleaning the canister and hoses,I did not attach return hose to spray bar very good and when canister was re-started,,the return hose blew off the spray bar.
Luckily it happened while I was at the aquarium.