Today I noticed that the water in my fish tank (res) is electrically charged! I unplugged everything and inspected the submersible heater no visible problems/cracks. I did the same with the pumps and I tested them individually in another reservior- there were no indications of a tingle/shock when tested individuallly.
I reconnected all the components and hooked them back up to the timers and there is still a tingling slight shock. I do have a few niks/cuts that sting alittle on my fingers. I know the feeling of being shocked - I definitley was feeling a slight shock! It is much less pronounced- but it seems it is still charged- I presumed it is a short- or a wire is exposed - or something internal with something but found nothing. I am going to re check it all again...
Is there any tips on how to discern if there is an electrical charge in the water other than relying on finger sensation-
I want to make sure there is no risks to the fish.
Has anyone else experienced this?
OK- Darn-it! Yes, I can feel the slight tingle/shock while I'm barefoot. I just now sat in a chair with my feet off the ground- I dipped a finger - and I didn't feel a thing- I kept my finger in the water & then I put my feet on the ground and I definitley felt it.
I don't know what to do- It is very slight- I dunno what to do!
Would a voltage meter work to measure the current in the water?
I finally figured out what the electrical current was - my flourescent light was the cause- removed it & whalla - no shock-
Thank you everyone for the advice, Now I don't have to worry about that dangerous situation.
Yep no light needed down there anyway, you don't want to grow that much algae, save the electricity to use for lighting up the plants.
Definately don't use your fingure to test for a short, A meter will tell you if you got a short. If you are indoors take 1 wire and run to a copper pipe or your house ground wire, hook the meter to it and then the other wire from the meter dangle it in the water. It'll tell you exactly how many volts is in the water
If your outdoors pound a piece of metal into the ground and run a wire from it, 1 wire from the meter to the new ground you just made and the other wire from the meter into the water.If you have a short it'll read it.
First make sure your meter is set to the V on ac setting if your using AC (alternating current which is your house voltage for your light), If your using DC set the meter V dc which is direct current and what is used by batteries and solar systems.
Hope that helps, but please don't use your finger always use a meter.