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02-15-2014, 10:13 PM #1
Checking Decorations for Toxicity
I am looking at getting a Chinese urn/vase (there are some very cool ones on ebay and etsy) for my Asia-themed tank, as an attractive place for bottom dwellers to hide out. But I am a bit concerned about what sorts of toxins the glazes might introduce into my tank. Does anyone have any rules of thumb/experience/insight/wisdom about this sort of thing?
I know that's a pretty broad question, but this is a pretty broad forum.
02-15-2014, 10:39 PM #2
Got to tell you....don't think I'd put anything in my aquarium unless it said it was "aquarium safe" or unless I could boil it for an hour...guess that doesn't really help you....
02-16-2014, 12:56 PM #3
As it was made off-shore, I would check for lead based paints usedIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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02-17-2014, 03:14 PM #4
I wondered about lead, but does that bother fish? I am thinking of the lead plant weights so many people use. I wouldn't want to put them in my daughter's oat meal, but they don't seem to harm the fish. (although I have heard rumors of some of my rainbows being below grade level in reading...)
Would boiling it help, if it had something harmful in the glaze?
I'm not sure how concerned to be...I mean, the Chinese government surely wouldn't allow the export of something with harmful chemicals in it, would they?
02-17-2014, 03:27 PM #5
Also, what about metals--lots of cool brasswork urns out there from India. My guess is that the copper would be tough on (or lethal to) inverts, and a lot of it has a high lead content. Just thinking out loud. Please let me know what you know!