Pond pump + electrical fault......why didnt it kill the fish??

Dave7

Guru
Location
Cheshire
Sorting the pond out meant pulling the pump out & back several times.
In doing so I must have damaged a seal?
The first I realised was when I put my hand in the water and got a good belt.
Tried the opposite end (10 feet away) and yep, got a lesser belt.
I expected the fish to be floating but they seem oblivious.
I know nothing about electrics but wonder if its because I was earthed whereas they are suspended in the water.
 

Oldfentiger

Veteran
Location
Pendle, Lancs
Sorting the pond out meant pulling the pump out & back several times.
In doing so I must have damaged a seal?
The first I realised was when I put my hand in the water and got a good belt.
Tried the opposite end (10 feet away) and yep, got a lesser belt.
I expected the fish to be floating but they seem oblivious.
I know nothing about electrics but wonder if its because I was earthed whereas they are suspended in the water.
Your last sentence is the answer:okay:
 

Phaeton

Guru
Location
Oop North (ish)
Same reason that birds don't get electrocuted standing on power lines
 

snorri

Legendary Member
Sorting the pond out meant pulling the pump out & back several times.
In doing so I must have damaged a seal?
The first I realised was when I put my hand in the water and got a good belt.
Tried the opposite end (10 feet away) and yep, got a lesser belt.
I expected the fish to be floating but they seem oblivious.
Sorry to tell you, but it seems you are a failed electrofisher:sad:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peSzPa-ynpk
 

presta

Über Member
Because there's a much larger voltage difference between the water and the surrounding soil than there is between one part of the water and another, which is because the resistance of the water is less than that between the water and the garden. Is there a plastic/rubber pond liner?
 
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Dave7

Dave7

Guru
Location
Cheshire
Yes,
Because there's a much larger voltage difference between the water and the surrounding soil than there is between one part of the water and another, which is because the resistance of the water is less than that between the water and the garden. Is there a plastic/rubber pond liner?
Yes, fully lined with membrane.
 

Globalti

Legendary Member
So unsporting. I was once in Pakistan and a retired colonel with a massive moustache invited me to go duck shooting. I declined of course but out of politeness asked what kind of rifles they used and whether you needed to be a crack shot. "Oh no..." he replied, "we just punt up to a big flock and blast away with shotguns. You can't fail!"
 
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