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Old 07-05-2006, 09:41 PM   #1
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Rust on razor blade any harm?

Hi guys hope you can help me out here. I am currently using razor blade to scrape of extra coraline algae off my glass tank I find it very effective but have a small question.

Will rust on the blade cause any harm or damage to my peppermint shrimps and softies? I heard that copper will harm them but can rust turn into copper in time? Thanks in advance guys.
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Iron oxide (rust) can never turn into copper (an entirely different element), but rust itself can be toxic....I would just grab a new blade.
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No I dont think steel can turn into copper but the rust cant be good for your tank. I believe it will mix with your water causing heavy metals to pollute your water
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ok...heres what i did...go to Homedepot and lookin the paint area...get a wide window/paint scraper and the replacement blades are cheap...before you use them jsut wash them and make sure you dry them right away to prvent any rust.....
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Rust is problem. I prolong the life of my blades by rinsing them in FW and drying them completely after each use.
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it wont hurt the tank..
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a rusty blade won't work that well though. Just buy a big pack of them and throw them out when rusty.
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Whether it is OK or bad. No rusty items are going in my tank. I`ve worked too hard to take a chance on a rusty blade.
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