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post #1 of 3 Old 08-01-2012, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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new sponge filter with strange odor

Bought a sponge filter sold on ebay, which was shipped from China. It was cheap and just wanted to try it with my bubbler. However, I noticed that the product has a strange smell - kind of plastic-like but not quite. Has anyone used these filters? Is the odor safe for fish? How will I make it go before I put it in the tank? Thanks.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-01-2012, 10:30 PM
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I would let it sit for a few days and see if the smell is still there, could just be from the long journey shipping it.

If the smell is still there, soak it in a vinegar solution and let it air dry completely. Rinse it several times and then see if the smell is still there.
If the smell persists then I would not use at all.

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-02-2012, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice and taking care of the link. Sorry about that.
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