a daft question to most but i dont want to blow my house up!

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a daft question to most but i dont want to blow my house up!

Postby natty89 » Mon May 14, 2012 8:52 pm

Hi. This is all new to me and I need some advice. Today I bought my daughter her first fish tank. Its is only a Aquatown My First Aquarium tank but she is only two. However when reading the instructions for the pump it says to fully cover the pump and it says to place on the bottom of the tank ensuring the power cord loops below the electrical outlet to form a drip loop. This is confusing me as electrics and water in my experience do not mix.

Sorry if this seems a dumb question just want to make sure my daughter is safe and enjoys her new fish

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Postby tpot » Mon May 14, 2012 9:01 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum.
No question is daft, we`d rather you ask than electrocute yourself or your daughter.
The pump provided for the tank will most likely be what is known as an internal pump, ie it sits inside the tank and has to be under the surface of the water to work properly. What the instructions are trying to tell you is that the electrical cable that goes from the pump to the plug socket needs to hang below the plug socket so that if any water or condensation that drips down the cable does not run straight into the plug but drips off the U shape that is made when the cable loops back up to the socket.
I hope that makes sense and puts your mind at ease.

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Postby tpot » Mon May 14, 2012 9:04 pm

As you are just setting up the tank, I am guessing you haven`t got any live stock yet - well I`m hoping you haven`t!
Before you do anything have a read of this - if you haven`t already.
http://forum.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/showthread.php?t=82687

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Postby matsp » Mon May 14, 2012 9:06 pm

The most likely scenario for (more than the odd drop) is if you use a hose to fill up the tank, and the water overflows the tank - then the water may wall follow the wire from the tank to the socket if you have the socket at the lowest point. Water don't run "up" wires, so if the lowest point isn't at the socket, you are fine.

I've never seen condensation run down the wire, but I guess there is a small possibility.

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Postby natty89 » Mon May 14, 2012 9:15 pm

no there is no fish in the tank yet. I'm waiting the recommended 3 days until the tank is ready. Can the pump go on the bottom of the tank then? Like it says? it says that the pump should be placed on a smooth horizontal surface on the floor. I tried attaching a pic of the pump but I can't but it is a JEBO Q11Q if that makes any sense x

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Postby matsp » Mon May 14, 2012 9:22 pm

What is the name of the manufacturer of the tank?

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Postby matsp » Mon May 14, 2012 9:25 pm

What is the name of the manufacturer of the tank?

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Postby daz4321 » Mon May 14, 2012 9:27 pm

3 days is wrong please read about cycling your tank for the health of your fish

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Postby natty89 » Mon May 14, 2012 9:31 pm

It just says Aquatown My First Aquarium x

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Postby broadbean » Mon May 14, 2012 9:38 pm

Please don't get fed up with our advice, but I'd also like to stress that you need to read up on fishless cycling and "waiting 3 days" is a piece of absolutely useless information.


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