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post #1 of 9 Old 07-26-2010, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question toxic material??

I am interested in placing a piece of washer/dishwasher hose to use as a shelter for my fire eel... iv heard of people using pvc pipe but i prefer the black color of the hose.. does anyone know if any of the material used for the hose is toxic? i appreciate any input...
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-27-2010, 01:04 AM
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I should think that dishwasher hose would be safe, since the water that flows through it is being used to clean dishes that we eat off. I know many regular garden hoses an contain lead, which is why I purchased a lead free hose for my water changes. I should think it would be safe but better wait for someone else to come along who knows the answer.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-27-2010, 03:05 AM
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I have used Black PVC pipe found at LOWE'S to make hidy holes for loaches and plecos. I glued the pieces to slate with aquarium safe silicone to hold them down.
Other pieces ,I stuck one end into the substrate and placed a rock or piece of wood on to hold them down.
For larger fish ,I used elbow sections of the same black PVC arranged all around the bottom of the tank and cichlids enjoyed them (I think).
My personal preference would be the black PVC or if they don't carry black, I might consider covering the white PVC or black for that matter, with aquarium safe silicone using a brush to ensure the surface was well covered and then rolling the PVC in fine gravel perhaps near the same color as my substrate. You might need to use sandpaper to rough up the surface of the PVC to get silicone and gravel to adhere suitably and let dry for 48 hours minimum. Hope some of this gives you ideas.

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-27-2010, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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thanks!! i was at home depot and felt the pvc (only in white) pipe they had was too tacky to use as decor.. : )
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-26-2010, 11:41 AM
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I was at Home Depot and found huge clear vinyl tubing, 1 3/4"H x 1" W oval, I thought would be neat for a tunnel for a Betta, but I'm concerned if it could leach toxins. Comments anyone?
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-26-2010, 09:35 PM
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I would think vinyl tubing would be ok to use in a tank, they use it all the time for air stones and other things.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-26-2010, 11:19 PM
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I have used Black PVC pipe found at LOWE'S to make hidy holes for loaches and plecos. I glued the pieces to slate with aquarium safe silicone to hold them down.
Other pieces ,I stuck one end into the substrate and placed a rock or piece of wood on to hold them down.
For larger fish ,I used elbow sections of the same black PVC arranged all around the bottom of the tank and cichlids enjoyed them (I think).
My personal preference would be the black PVC or if they don't carry black, I might consider covering the white PVC or black for that matter, with aquarium safe silicone using a brush to ensure the surface was well covered and then rolling the PVC in fine gravel perhaps near the same color as my substrate. You might need to use sandpaper to rough up the surface of the PVC to get silicone and gravel to adhere suitably and let dry for 48 hours minimum. Hope some of this gives you ideas.
Please, Please, Please post pictures. I would love to see how you did that. I think this would be a good idea for my Snails and Platy's. Also an algae collector for my Oto's.
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-26-2010, 11:49 PM
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Well, I hope that this "commercial" grade, heavy duty vinyl tubing doesn't have any chemicals in it. One other person on another forum suggested that it could have something in it to kill algae or fungus if it is used "commercially" for water applications. Don't know... have to go back to HD and investigate further.

This tubing is "stiff", because it is so "heavy duty". 3/8ths thick. Therefore a six inch piece has a slight curve to it, which I think would be neat to place in a corner, with plants disguising it a bit, and the fish can "cut a corner" thru the tube. I thought it would be a neat little item... where you can catch glimpses of them playing in and out of it. Or they can just hang out in it, under the plants, in a see thru cave.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-27-2010, 12:47 AM
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Get extremely creative with the pvc - like so...

DIY - Cichlid Cave

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DIY - Cichlid PVC Cave
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