Flourish Excel set off smoke detectors? - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-13-2015, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 2
Flourish Excel set off smoke detectors?

I dosed Flourish Excel for the first time this morning, 40mg in a 75 gallon tank. The smoke alarms in my apartment have gone off several times since, I can't determine the cause. The alarms have a picture of a carbon molecule on them, they must also function as carbon monoxide detectors. Didn't get any results searching for related terms on internets.
Royalroacho is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 12:06 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Central Michigan
Posts: 336
Id contact your apartment management asap and have them look at your detectors. Nothing in our tanks would set off a smoke alarm unless it was on fire or melting. Carbon dioxide is used for our tanks and the alarms detect carbon monoxide. Excel isn't even carbon dioxide, it's a glutaraldehyde and water solution so excel is not the cause of your alarms going off. I apologize if I'm sounding short but if your detectors are detecting carbon monoxide, you need someone to check if there is carbon monoxide in your apartment because it is poisonous and can be fatal. I'd open some windows to get some ventation until you can get your alarm issues resolved. Just lookin out!
RyRob is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 12:09 AM
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Seattle
Posts: 261
I think you're overreacting...there's no way excel will trigger a smoke alarm.
Did you pour it on the smoke detector?lol

I should be expecting the firefighters then at the rate I'm dosing excel.
Planted_Edge is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 12:19 AM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: LA
Posts: 58
I've never had this happen to me either. Maybe someone else can share their experiences?
mishe is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 12:20 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Izzy-'s Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: California
Posts: 339
I really don't see any way Excel can trigger an alarm lol
You should probably get an expert to check around the house just to be safe and find the actual source, but do it as soon as possible.

Let us know how it goes, keep it safe Royal

The Fraternity of Dirt #169
Izzy- is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 2
Just trying to rule things out, I thought it could be remotely possible. I cant get ahold of my property manager since it's sunday, but I got a smoke detector without a monoxide detector, which also goes off. I'm speculating it has something to do with this being the first day cold enough for the heating system is in use, maybe there's dust in the exhaust. Have to wait to tmrw to have it checked. Thanks
Royalroacho is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 01:26 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
du3ce's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: colorado
Posts: 1,054
unless it had some type of chemical reaction to another chemical in your tank and smoke started pouring out i highly doubt excel would set off your fire alarm
du3ce is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 01:38 AM
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 159
Pretty sure its impossible. When I first read this thread I was slightly intrigued so I did a small test. I am in charge of our buildings fire life safety system at work. We have smoke detectors that are more than 10X as sensitive as standard detectors for our clean room, I dumped some Excel next to a intake pipe and got 0, I then took a CO detector that detects down to PPM and also got 0 ppm.
brian3676 is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 06:18 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (12/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 1,224
Many fire alarms aren't "smoke detectors" anymore. They are actually heat sensitive sensors - so I suspect the heat coming on probably triggered the alarms. However, if you got a carbon signal then perhaps the dust "burning" off may produce a level high enough to trip the sensor. Best to open windows and have it checked out as suggested!

Stock lightly and carry a big filter. - I don't have aquariums. I have ecosystems in a glass box. - Hygrophilaholic and hoarder of Anubias.

Last edited by HDBenson; 09-14-2015 at 06:19 AM. Reason: ...
HDBenson is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome