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Old 08-06-2013, 05:59 PM   #1 
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New bridge smells funny?

Hello! I got this bridge- the Top Fin Concrete Bridge, I think- for Penelope and it's been in the tank for two days. When I took it out today, it smelled kind of funny- like paint, I think, or something like that. After washing it in really hot water the smell was a lot less prominent; when it dried it went away completely, but when it got wet again it came back. I wasn't really sure if this was bad or normal or what.
It's entirely possible I'm just being paranoid, but anyone else have any experience with this ornament? It's not in the tank at the moment. It seemed alright besides the smell.

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Old 08-06-2013, 07:52 PM   #2 
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I have some Top Fin decor that does the same thing. I can't smell anything while they're in the tank but when I take them out . . . yuck! I've had no problems with my fish so I leave them be.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:24 PM   #3 
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I have that same bridge ornament. Never had any problem with it. But then, I don't think I ever smelled it either. Lol
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:15 AM   #4 
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Okay! Thank you for your input, I feel a bit better now. I think I will leave the bridge in and just keep an eye on it for the future, if the smell gets worse I'll remove it from the tank. I do wonder why it does that, though...
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:40 AM   #5 
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Umm actually you might want to look at the dangerous ornaments thread. This seems to be problem lately. People are citing Penn Plax but Top fin could easily be made by them or the same Chinese manufacturer. Some people believe it killed their fish. I think it could have caused one of my fish problems. In my ornament the paint smell is coming from the upper reaches of some hollow places so I am filling them with sand and capping with AQ silicone. I wait for the silcone smell to go away entirely and soak for a few days then I put in the tank.
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