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conger 02-08-2009 06:56 PM

stainless steel in aquarium water?
Hi all,

I built myself a nice DIY carbon reactor, and am planning on using hose clamps to keep the nylon tubes attached to the inlet/outlet (probably not needed, but why not add them anyways?).

The hose clamps I have now are stainless steel. Before I install the reactor in my sump, I need to know whether or not stainless steel clamps are safe to submerge in the water. I'm not so much worried about the clamps, as I am the water. Will the metal clamps leach stuff into the water?

If its not a good idea, as I mentioned above the clamps probably aren't needed anyways, as the hose slips snugly onto the inlet/outlet nipples of the reactor. Anyways, thanks for any advice!

KrisRogers 02-08-2009 07:19 PM

In general anything metal in a tank is a bad idea, I would go with plastic zip ties (or nothing at all) just to be safe.

Kellsindell 02-09-2009 12:40 AM

I've read stainless steel still does oxidate so i wouldn't do it.

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