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Old 12-18-2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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Safety of freshwater decoration

Hi everyone,
I wondered if it was safe to place a plastic resin statue in a freshwater aquarium as decoration. It is not painted but the plastic contains a stain.
Thanks for your input.

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Old 12-18-2008, 09:52 PM   #2
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Soak in freshwater for 24hrs and test for Ammonia. If fine, bleach heavily for 10mins. and rinse very well.

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Just make sure you wash it in just plain tap water from the sink, then it should be safe.
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:38 AM   #4
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depends on the resin. testing for ammonia is a good precaution, but, without knowing the composition of the resin/plastic/paint or stain, you cannot be sure that it will not leach a harmful chemical out. bad plastics leach out more than just ammonia...

odds are its safe, however, you cant know for sure untill you try. my suggestion is to buy a feeder fish,comet, or gold fish. drop the statue in the water, and if the goldfish lives for a couple weeks you are prolly safe. if the goldfish dies, you got your answer. it may be a cruel test, but if you care about saving money on decor so much, the death of a 50 cent fish shouldnt bother you.
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