Aquarium safe lubricant? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 05-05-2013, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
Aquarium safe lubricant?

I read that a few people lubed up the impeller shaft of their fluval c2's with Vaseline to make it even quieter than it already was. When I added Vaseline it got noisier and is quite annoying. What can I lube it up with that is aqua safe
Tarutan is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 05-05-2013, 06:37 PM
Byron's Avatar
I did read somewhere that Vaseline is not good to use; not that it is toxic or anything, but it does something over time. I'm sorry I can't remember the reason, but I know the advice was to use the proper filter lubricant. I think several filter manufacturers make this, I know Eheim does as I still have the tubes that came with my canisters. You can probably get this in some fish stores, or online anyway.

I've no idea if other non-aquarium products will work, or be safe.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 05-05-2013, 06:41 PM
I tried using vasoline once on an old HOB and it never got better. I've heard of using Silicone Oil. Watch this video, it's very useful:

Sanguinefox is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 05-05-2013, 08:28 PM
I'm not positive but I think you can use a silicone base lubricant the same as used for o-ring seals in pool filters and spa's. I have some I got from Lowes.

Father Knows Best but Abbey knows everything! I once knew everything, then I asked one question.
` •...><((((º>` • . ¸¸ . • ´` • . . . ¸><((((º>¸ . • ´` • .. . ¸ ><((((º>
AbbeysDad is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Aquarium safe? CatSoup Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 04-17-2012 10:41 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome