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Old 04-26-2012, 12:20 PM   #1 
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Question COROPLAST divider?

I did look it up and all, but I'm finding "I wouldn't risk it!" VS "I use it". Does anyone know if I could use it?

YES I know I could make the craft mesh one and no I don't want to. I don't have it, don't feel like getting it, and have a ton of coroplast lying around

I would like to divide my 20 long, for three males. It's less stress on them if they do not see their neighbor - especially the one in the middle! Then I'm dividing my 10 gallon with the divider I already have.

And can you say WHY it can/cannot be used? The one I have is plain, nothing printed on it, been used for nothing, it's just lying around.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:41 PM   #2 
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What are the reasons given by the "I wouldn't risk it" crowd?

From what I'm reading, coroplast is made of a plastic that is considered safe (in this usage: no known health hazards). In fact, it appears that styrofoam is potentially more of a risk than coroplast, and I know people use that for carved backgrounds and such (albeit I believe they seal the foam).
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:58 PM   #3 
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Because they don't delve into using anything not labelled "aquarium safe" along with "it's plastic". But of course, I want to make absolute sure first =D

So it is LESS dangerous than stytrofoam?? wow. I'm going to guess it's safe... if anything I do an emergency removal :p
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Yeah, it made me wonder, too, and I did some research. And now that I HAVE, I think everyone should know what these signs mean.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resin_identification_code

Just about any plastic container you buy will have a small triangle with a number or symbol in it. This is a guide to what that symbol means.. which is helpful in deciding what is safe for fishies.

Coroplast is made up of polypropylene, Which has Resin identification code 5, meaning it can be used for Auto parts, industrial fibers, food containers, and dishware. I tend to believe that food containers, if washed properly, are safe for fish.

That's just my two cents.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:00 PM   #5 
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Thanks for your two cents =D better than no sense

And I cannot wait for my fish to come in! Any minute, any hour now!!

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Old 04-26-2012, 01:36 PM   #6 
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I went by the identification codes as well, though I used this page instead.

Styrofoam/sytrene leaches when exposed to hot liquids, fatty oils, and alcohol (likely not an issue in an aquarium, but also not something that you have to worry about with coroplast). Actually, PVC and vinyl are also "less safe" than PP and people use pieces of PVC pipe in their aquariums all the time.

I don't know as I would go so far as to say sytrofoam and PVC and vinyl and stuff are dangerous, but they're not as safe as some other plastics, basically.

And if that's the best reason they have against using it, I'd disregard their concerns. Besides, one way or another the fish come in plastic, don't they? And acrylic is a type of plastic as well.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:53 PM   #7 
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hmmm true... And PVC is not as safe???? noooo O_o really? seriously? weird xD

I will try it, but first I'll clean it with warm (not hot) water, of course. We'll see! (and hope xD)
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Here's the bit from the site I linked regarding PVC:

"Code 3: Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVC / Vinyl. This material, used often in flooring and shower curtains, as well as household water pipes (primarily for evacuation only - they should never be used to bring fresh water into the home), used to be used in cling wraps. The plastics industry is adamant that the type of PVC currently used in cling wraps does not contain the phthalates that are known endocrine disrupters. However, these phthalates may still be present in PVC bottles and toys. There was recent information that many baby teethers were also made from PVC, due to its soft flexibility. PVC or vinyl items should never be given to a baby or child who may put them in his or her mouth."

The emphasis is my own, but it states that PVC contains phthalates which "are known endocrine disrupters." Whether it affects fish and aquatic animals the same it may affect humans, however, I can't say with 100% certainty as I haven't looked into it.

As regards the coroplast, you can clean it with hot water if you feel it's necessary: as said, the plastic made to use it (I looked it up, it's code 5) has no known health hazards, including when exposed to hot water. I suspect it wouldn't even leach dye.
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sweet!!! Good to know =D Now I get to score and fit the coroplast ^^
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:24 PM   #10 
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You should totally post a pic once you're done: I'm curious to see how it turns out.

Plus, it's always neat to see DIY aquarium equipment -- pretty soon here (once I finish an Econ term paper) I'm going to be making a DIY lid myself for both of my girls.
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