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post #1 of 5 Old 02-12-2009, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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I just got done spray painting my tank hood/cover/trim with krylon fusion paint since thats safe right?
My question is I have had my aquarium gravel in our garage for about a year (in a bucket/not covered) and now that we are re-setting up our tank is it still safe to use? Would it be like contaminated or anything? Or would it be better just to buy new gravel?
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-12-2009, 04:23 PM
Yep, Krylon is generally safe. I've even seen people use it in tanks before, with no ill effects.

You may just want to get new gravel, saying it was n the garage and you don't know if anything has happened to it over the last year.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-12-2009, 04:38 PM
if you ahve a big pot, just bring the gravel to a boil. then give it a good rinse and it will be fine. i would guess its fine now, but if youre concerned, boiling it is an easy solution
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-12-2009, 05:46 PM
I'd probably get new gravel. Just because you don't know if there are any chemicals/pollutants that could have contaminated it since being in the garage that won't boil out. Wait, I just remembered you're not supposed to boil rocks....they can explode! Yeah, I'd go for new gravel ;)

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-12-2009, 05:48 PM
ive boiled gravel in the past with no problems
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