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 Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?

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wblueus
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PostSubject: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 11:31 am

Was wondering whats everyones opinion on putting stainless steel in a aquarium could it cause problems?
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 11:34 am

i think so....................although im not fully sure on it, i wouldnt risk it!!

i dont put any metals in my tank!!! !!!!!!
its just wrong lol some ppl clean algea off their tank walls with razor blades buti think even thats bad! id rather be safe and have nothing metalic touch the water in my tanks! i use platic razors to clean the walls lol
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 11:38 am

the only metal that doens't damage on the water is SS, however, is not recomended to use ANY kind of metals on aquariums because they have chemicals that can give you hard times within the days... so to be safe dont use it.
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 11:48 am

just wondering cause i use my stainless steel scissors to prune my plants cant seem to find any made out of something different
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 11:50 am

i use my own hands to prune the plants lol, you can also get plastic scissors it will do the job too
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 11:51 am

Hmm im sure a quick dip of the scissors to clip plants wont harm it, but how often do you do it?
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 12:03 pm

I prune no more then once a week and when i do it only takes me like a minute
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 12:08 pm

I use stainless bolts to attach driftwood to rocks. I've had some pieces with stainless bolts in my tanks for several years with no ill effects. I wouldn't use stainless in SW, but I don't see a problem using it in FW.
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 1:19 pm

I use stainless hemo's to feed my shark and ray. Never had a problem.
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 1:34 pm

I have some driftwood in my plant'd tank that has drywall screws hold'n them to slate.
I have Neons, Glolights, Corys, and an Otto in there and I've never had a problem.
Well... I have a huge snail problem but that has noth'n to do with the metal.
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 2:09 pm

Most types of SS are quite stable in water....especially in fresh, higher pH water.
Some grades are better than others 316 is better than 304...316L (low carbon) is better than plain 316 etc.......

Any pump impeller that you have rides on either a SS or a ceramic shaft.

Any of you who have ever had an IV at the hospital...all the drugs are mixed and the bags filled through SS.

If you clean the machine oils etc off of new SS before you put it in your tank, IME, you're quite safe.
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PostSubject: Re: Is stainless steel safe for an aquarium?   9/1/2010, 3:33 pm

nick a wrote:
Most types of SS are quite stable in water....especially in fresh, higher pH water.
Some grades are better than others 316 is better than 304...316L (low carbon) is better than plain 316 etc.......

Any pump impeller that you have rides on either a SS or a ceramic shaft.

Any of you who have ever had an IV at the hospital...all the drugs are mixed and the bags filled through SS.

If you clean the machine oils etc off of new SS before you put it in your tank, IME, you're quite safe.

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