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Old 07-26-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Heater explosion

I just finished with the WC in the diatom tank, refilled, turned everything back on and heard a noise that sounded like air being sucked into a filter. I unplugged all the filters, and could still hear it. Thought it was the PH for the co2, unplugged that and still heard it. Then the glass tube blew off the heater. Thankfully it blew downward, instead of exploding. This is the first time I have ever had a heater do this. The glass tube is just friction fit over a rubber barb type fitting. The noise was the heater boiling the water that got inside the heater. WOW!!
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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That's crazy!!! Was it old? Did you have the heater running while doing a wc? Lucky there were no electrocutions!
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Was it ever partially out of water at any time? That's a no no.
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That's crazy!!! Was it old? Did you have the heater running while doing a wc? Lucky there were no electrocutions!
Yes it was pretty old, probably at least 10 yrs.
No, not on while doing the water change. I have all filters, and heaters on a electrical GFI strip. It's shut off during maintenance.
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Was it ever partially out of water at any time? That's a no no.
Nope, never out of the water. It laid horizontal in the bottom of the tank.
I believe it just got old, and failed.
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Nope, never out of the water. It laid horizontal in the bottom of the tank.
I believe it just got old, and failed.
Age was probably the main factor. I wouldn't use several things that old.
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Yes it was pretty old, probably at least 10 yrs.
No, not on while doing the water change. I have all filters, and heaters on a electrical GFI strip. It's shut off during maintenance.
Well at least you weren't hurt and I'm presuming all your fish were ok.
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No injuries, or fatalities. I have to get a few new heaters ordered.
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