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Strange- Electric Shock


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A couple of times I have put my hand in the fry tank and been' stung'. I thought it wastrange but did nothing.

It has been one of those weeks of the unexpected and I thought it might be just me and some weird skin reaction.

Then I saw a few fry doing some very unusual water acrobatics and now I think something is wrong with something electric.

I've unplugged everything . No more sting. The only thing I can think is that the fountain spray bars were splashing on the overhead flourescent light. Would that be the cause or should I be investigating farther and if so what am I looking for? Grateful for any help.

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Thanx. I think it was the light. The spray bar was fixed after a water change in a different direction and was hitting the bulb directly. I have placed a glass sheet under the light so this doesn't happen again. The fish are fine but I hope no long term damage (dorsal fin bending or something) develops.

The water stang. I can't describe it any other way. Like putting your cut finger into acid or vinegar for a second- not at all the same a s I thought an electric/water shock would feel, just for anyone's info.

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The current probably goes through the fish and the water to ground itself. I think that's how it must work because I definitely saw some spasms in a few smaller fish and one fish had a burn on its gill :cry1 but it has now totally healed with the aid of a little salt. So stupid of me but you know every day I learn another new thing in fish keeping. Thanks Anette, pfargo and Shamu :)

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Eek Im glad you found which piece of equipment was shorting out. Stray current is definitely not good news for you or the fish. Might be a good idea to ensure all the outlets are fully grounded that way any shorting will trip the circuit and cut the current.

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