12-16-2010, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by SinCrisis
Mine are all on a power strip except for my lights. Does that do the same thing? I also have all my cables set up in a drip loop.
No a power strip is just a powerstrip unless it specifically states it has a GFI. You should know if it does or not pretty clearly. A GFCI enabled powerstrip runs around $40 from what I have seen. There is also the option of the plug-in GFCI, which is basically just a socket to plug into a existing socket. These are much cheaper.Normal Power strips usually have one on/off button. If it has additional "test"/ "reset" buttons then it is defiantly a GFCI, if it doesn't then it is not. Drip loops help stop water running down the cord into a powerstrip on the floor, they have no effect on shorts. Also GFI and GFCI are like the same thing, GFCI is more commonly used these days. I have GFCI outlets and plug normal power strips into those and run them to the tanks. I've never bothered with drip loops or anything like that.
GFCI outlets normally look similar to this
one. 2 buttons in the middle "test" and "reset". ALWAYS ALWAYS run your lights through a GFCI if you use one. Lights being off are the first thing you will notice if it trips. As I said a GFCI should be cutting power to the entire tank, its kinda pointless if it doesn't. This means heat, light, filter, ect.... There are 2 reasons for this, if it trips due to equipment shorting out you will notice the lights being off. If some major disaster happens like the tank is leaking/gushing water everywhere don't you dare approach it if the lights are still on. If your tanks are like mine all the electrical stuff is underneath them. Those powerstrips are a lot more watertight then they look. I've had major floods/indoor fountains from canister filters I've seen power strips float before. The most important thing to me is if the tank lights are still on, cuz if they are it hasn't tripped yet. I don't care if I have to throw water on the power strip I won't touch anything till I'm sure the tank is dead.