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Old 05-13-2011, 04:44 PM   #1 
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Question rubber bands in fish tanks

Are rubber bands bad for fish tanks?

I'm asking because I'm setting up a new tank, and the only filter I have is one for 2-5 g. The tank is 3g, and I'm worried that my fish's tail will get caught in the intake. I was planning on putting some pantyhose over the intake, but the only way to hold it to the filter is with rubber bands. It's an electric filter, so I can't control the flow of water (you're supposed to be able to, I think, but I can't figure it out).
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:47 PM   #2 
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I have never had any issues with rubber-band used in my tanks other than they break down and I have to replace them often...lol....
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:53 PM   #3 
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How often do you have to replace them? I wouldn't want the rubber band to snap and maybe hurt Aether.
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:00 PM   #4 
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Hard to say...each one is different.....maybe every month or so and sooner if they are the thin ones...I use the ones that I get on my newspapers....lol....so nothing special and I only use them to hold my homemade filter media together...also they don't seem to snap just degrade and fall apart so I wouldn't think it could cause an injury like if you used a rubber band to pop someone....
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:22 PM   #5 
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Mine take a couple of months to degrade. But by then I have to change out the media I put around the intake, so all works out well.
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:34 PM   #6 
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honestly I've heard thread works really well if youre looking for something that lasts longer...I use thread in mine (a few small strands of black) and they havent degraded yet...been a couple months
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:34 PM   #7 
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Nothing wrong with using rubber bands. You can always replace them when you replace your media or clean your filter. I've got a stocking around my intake that's just lodged high between the tube and the glass.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:00 AM   #8 
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I used this on 2 of my HOB filters (non-Fluval) but it may not fit properly for all of them:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=3650250
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:38 AM   #9 
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Will any old rubber bands do, or are there ones i should avoid (like maybe coloured bands)?
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:01 AM   #10 
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If you want something to last forever use a fishing line and tie around your sponge baffle.
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