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PrettyKitty187 02-10-2012 10:28 PM

Danios and Rubber??
 
One of my son's GloFish was sucked through the intake for the filter, although it has the cross section on the tube to prevent this...I was thinking of rubber banding some mesh over it...but...would the rubber harm the fish?

Trofishlore 02-10-2012 10:55 PM

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Originally Posted by PrettyKitty187 (Post 979385)
One of my son's GloFish was sucked through the intake for the filter, although it has the cross section on the tube to prevent this...I was thinking of rubber banding some mesh over it...but...would the rubber harm the fish?

Hey PK!
My first experience with danios, weren't good as they got sucked into the intake tube and you know.
That's why I've never gotten them since.
You could use some banded mesh but not sure if the rubber will be okay.
You'll have to wait and see if you'll get an answer.

PonyMan 02-11-2012 10:49 AM

Try plastic zip ties! I don't see how that would hurt them.

beetlebz 02-11-2012 11:12 AM

IVe used zip ties in my of my tanks for different reasons. Never caused a problem, but rinse them first ;)

MinaMinaMina 02-11-2012 12:02 PM

Zip ties are fine, as long as they're rinsed. They can be hard to get off, especially after some time!
Rubber bands are fine, as long as they're rinsed. They are easy to get off, but need to be replaced every so often.
You can use aquarium mesh, or the foot of a knee-high or pantyhose, or an aquarium sponge... as long as they're rinsed. Sponges are my favorite to use for this purpose, as they do they job of protecting fry and protecting my filter impeller from sand, AND provide surface area for the colonization of bacteria. When you start up a new tank, you can use the sponge in the new tank to "seed" beneficial bacteria to make it cycle super quick.

Good luck!

PrettyKitty187 02-13-2012 09:00 PM

Thank you to everyone who answered ;-)

Mina, I have a net that busted a seam...I was planning on cutting off a piece of it :)


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