Warning to all external heater users!!!

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by jonnyjr, 6 Nov 2009.

  1. jonnyjr

    jonnyjr Member

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    This evening I was doing some work on my tank and adjusting my co2 solenoid wiring, i needed a bit of extra length to reach my new plug, so without thinking I tugged on the solenoid cable. I came back 10 minutes later after going down stairs to a boiling noise. When I had tugged on the cable it had kinked my return hose, causing the external heater to boil the water above the kink as the water supply had been cut off. Below is a picture of the RIGID return pipe, which could be mistaken for a piece of flexible hosing. Accidents can happen all to easily, it was just lucky there wasn't a fire.

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  2. Nick16

    Nick16 Member

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    wow, thanks for the word of warning, if you didnt get fire, you would get a huge flood!
     
  3. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Close shave. My eth 300w shuts off if the water stops passing through the unit?

    Sam
     
  4. jonnyjr

    jonnyjr Member

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    Mine didn't :lol: .........that was the heater i was using, maybe i was unlucky but i think heaters are very unreliable, however good the manufacturers make them sound.
     
  5. samc

    samc Member

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    i thought the same. surely your themostat in it was broken as i would have shut off
     
  6. JamesM

    JamesM Member

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    Well I hope you put that hot water to good use and made yourself a nice cup of tea? 8)
     

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