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La Reina 01-26-2010 11:28 AM

Stained silicone from medication
So I've been treating my small QT tank lately with Ick Clear (Victoria green/Formalin) and the silicone in my tank is of course stained blue now. Will I ever be able to have invertibrates in that tank again or will the stained silicone slowly release the toxic meds in the water and kill them?

Angel079 01-26-2010 11:31 AM

Dang no way...That is not cool, normally they don't stain the silicone.
See on a edge if you can wipe it off with vinegar (do NOT get the vinegar into the tank water!).
If so, I'd poor the tank water into bucked move Betta & Snails over, clean out the tank with vinager followed by bunch hot water and put everything back together.

La Reina 01-26-2010 11:34 AM

I don't have a betta and snails. :) Just a lone platy in there right now. I'll need to do a full tear down anyways this weekend to clean up after the fish had ich.

Angel079 01-26-2010 12:31 PM

:oops: I'm sorry I just totally mixed you up with another member who has a small tank, recently medicated (and starts with L too)...I'm so sorry!!!!

Yea then move the play to a bucked for the time being with the tank water and clean it. Just like I said vinegar + sponge should take it off, but then ensure to rinse it our with hot water few times.

WisFish 01-29-2010 07:52 PM

Please let me know if this works. The silicone in my tank has been stained blue for over 20 years. I just assumed it was permanent.

La Reina 01-30-2010 11:12 AM

Nope, the vinegar didn't touch it. So I filled it up and dosed the tank again so the silicone is uniform. *shrug*

My worry is that it will leach the victoria green...

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