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Old 07-23-2012, 11:04 PM   #31
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I don't quite understand "illegal" here. The guy is trying to protect an aquarium setup with a GFCI circuit. Are aquariums specifically prohibited from having GFCI protection? If not, what would be the "legal" way of doing it?

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Old 07-23-2012, 11:06 PM   #32
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I don't quite understand "illegal" here. The guy is trying to protect an aquarium setup with a GFCI circuit. Are aquariums specifically prohibited from having GFCI protection? If not, what would be the "legal" way of doing it?
Installing a gfci receptacle would be one... or you can buy a GFCI dongle if you wish. My fish tank is GFCI protected, but only because of where the receptacle is located, its in an unfinished part of my basement.

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Installing a gfci receptacle would be one... or you can buy a GFCI dongle if you wish. My fish tank is GFCI protected, but only because of where the receptacle is located, its in an unfinished part of my basement.
No idea what a "dongle" is. So, the simple answer to the question is to install a GFCI where his power strip plugs in. Or, might he use a GFCI equiped extension cord like this one
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...0196%2d%5f%2dx
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:20 AM   #34
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I think the confusion stems from the fact that he's trying to backfeed the gfci. What I get is that he's trying to build a cord that plugs into the strip at one end and into a gfci on the fish tank end. If I'm way off please clarify.

Will the gfci even work like this? Also illegal to backfeed a female receptacle.

Makes way more sense to plug the controller into a gfci and be done with it as stated before.
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Yeah, because that never happens when someone is uneducated in the electrical field.
But he said he's a fish tank builder. Doesn't that count??

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