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Way to test something for safety?
Old 03-11-2010, 10:29 AM   #11
 
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I think the types of chemicals that plastics might leech into your water would probably be nothing that could be measured with standard aquarium testing kit materials.

I'm not really familiar with Zoids but if they're pre-manufactured plastic toys, I'd try to get in contact with the manufacturer (although I understand TOMY no longer makes them, or something?) and ask about the type of plastic they use. If they're the type of model that you need to glue together, I wouldn't do it. The glue is likely toxic and would come apart underwater.

But yeah, generally I try to stick with decor manufactured specifically for aquarium use or natural decor (rocks, driftwood, plants, etc.).
Yeah, tomy and hasbro no longer manufacture them, they are models that don't involve any glue, I am almost tempted to contact the makers of the high end master model kits, as those are still regularly in production.

I know theres not much an aquarium test kit would help me with testing, but wasn't sure if there was maybe something specific I could get a test kit for.

Guess I'll see if I can get in contact with any manufacturers.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:34 PM   #12
 
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i personally would not add these to my tanks, for the reasons other people already listed.

however, if you wanted to try it, you could possibly coat the figures in clear plumber's sealant. i do not know it for a fact, but i think that could make it safe for your tank's inhabitants. maybe people can comment on that
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:50 PM   #13
 
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a couple of alternatives,either just have large pics of them in the back-drop or seal them in a non-toxic container and place them in the tank?

Neither would look as good i admit,but its safer for the fish.



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