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Old 10-05-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
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stainless steel reef safe?

I was just wondering if stainless steel reef safe
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:36 PM   #2
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I would assume all metals around saltwater will eventually corrode. JMO though
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:39 PM   #3
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Depends how it's used, but generally no.

If it's part of a pump or something and is in constant motion then you're probably fine (ie bearing in a pump), but using stainless steel structure or fasteners inside your tank is not a good idea. It will eventually rust and release potentially deadly oxides(?)* into the water. It will also be hard to clean out after, as flecks of rusting stainless steel can release, and hide in the substrate rusting away.
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alright i was gonna use it as my pluming for my sump but if its no 100% safe then ill skip it cause i was just gonna get some from my work place. thanks guys
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it will rust. even using stainless tweezers or coral cutters- if you don't rinse them in fresh water after use, they will rust on you with a quickness.
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Yeah, stainless steel pipes will eventually corrode and release nasty stuff into the water. It may take a while to poison your tank, but it's definately not safe.
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