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Old 01-27-2007, 04:51 PM   #1
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Elastics/rubber bands safe?

Quick question...couldnt find anything after searching.

I was wondering if rubber bands are aquarium safe? I was going to use one to wrap some filter floss around my filter intake tube to avoid sand getting sucked up.

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Old 01-27-2007, 05:25 PM   #2
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I suppose it depends on the rubber-band being used.
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I use it to hold my java fern or anubias down until it roots. I have not have a problem with it, though I don't know for certain it's 100% safe. The big problem in your situation would be that rubber bands do get brittle under water after a while and will break. A better solution would be to use fishing line, get a prefilter for your intake, or you can tie a section of new, unwashed pantyhose over it.
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The rubber bands wont hurt anything. A sponge over the end of your intake would probably work better than the floss.
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yet another tricked I have learned from youguys...pantyhose as a filter sock, and to think I spent so much money on those mesh ones grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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And to think i have some substrate in pantyhose (in the tank) right now waiting to into a new tank to start the cycle. Well...next time i do maintenance on it i will switch.
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I was worried about the rubber bands too-I got some silicone bands from the "hair accessories" section of the drugstore. They come in clear and black, too-much less obtrusive.
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