Aquarium Concepts fire!

Discussion in 'The Eutrophic Zone' started by Vhuang168, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I just read that Aquarium Concepts had a fire this morning.

    Looks like it wasn't too big but that the building had substantial damage. Some livestock loss.

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  2. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    Oh No! That is horrible news. I hope things get back to normal quickly.
  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Ouch, hopefully no on got hurt
  4. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

  5. tankguy

    tankguy Supporting Member

  6. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Shit I almost had a fire last night as the power blipped last night the return pump power supply breaker went off , but my apex thinks the socket is on. So heater was on in the overflow where there is no water. Woke up at 4 am cause of stomach ache and notice the smell. Good thing it only burned the heater casing and there was still water in the over flow to not let anything else burn through. Realize I forgot to add in a extra lines of code on the heater programming to shut off when sump level float trips. Reason why I am investing in the new apex to send me alert when a socket is on but not sensing any power draw. Also adding in a float in my overflow to sense no water and shut off heater.

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  7. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    Glad you had that stomach ache and you caught it in time:)
    Wouldn't you want the heaters in the sump rather than overflow or extend your pipes in overflow so if pumps shut down it would not empty?
  8. Gablami

    Gablami Guest

    Yeah was gonna say, maybe sensor in the overflow, heater in the sump.

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  9. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    16" heaters won't fit the sump. I forgot to add the line of code where sump level too high shut off heater means pump stop running. I had a float for to high water volunteer in sump shut off skimmer. Should of added that same switch to heater code. Wasn't thinking when I did that. Adding a new float in the overflow too.

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    Last edited: Jan 22, 2017
  10. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Smoke detectors
  11. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    It didn't detect the burn plastic smell.
    There was no smoke as the heater was half laying in water causing water boiling steam.

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    Last edited: Jan 23, 2017
  12. rygh

    rygh BOD

    The heater itself should have shut off. Most (but not all) do that when run dry.
    You might want to replace the heater while you are at it.
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  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    I was expecting one of mine to go off because it wasn't submerged and it didn't and a similar situation happened.
  14. sjbro

    sjbro Guest

    +1. Some time ago, one Finnex heater overheated until it made the glass casting explode into small pieces when I left it running without water by mistake. The scary part was that it only took a couple of minutes to explode after it got out of water.
  15. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Just added extra float switch in my coast to coast overflow. Noted I have double switches to signal heater off when return pump breaks even though socket is on.

    Also the new apex with power monitoring of socket will help as well.

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