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Pros And Cons Of Gfci

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Kathy328i, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. Kathy328i

    Kathy328i Lifetime Members
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    Feb 3, 2011
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    It's been recommended that I NOT add a GFCI outlet for my 120 gallon tank setup because the GFCI occasionally trips and that would be disastrous if it happened while away on vacation. It was recommended that I arrange the electric cords as "drip" lines.

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  2. Deanna

    Deanna New Member

    Aug 23, 2018
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    My tank sits on an open stand and has various electrical connections, underneath, running through a UPS. There was no avoiding it: occasionally, it was carelessly or uncontrollably doused with enough water to fry it (meaning a new one had to be purchased). I added an inline GFCI (not a wall outlet) and when it does happen, the GFCI steps in and saves it. Additionally, I like the idea of never worrying about an unpleasant surprise when I put my hands in the tank. However, equipment shorting occurrences are reported to be extremely rare. In three years, the GFCI triggered while I was away, once, but that was only a day. If I'm to be out for more than a day or two, and no one is home to attend a problem, I simply unplug it from the GFCI and bypass it.

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