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Re: [APD] Re: Campho phonic(sp) in tank

Minera Oil (so named long ago because it is processed from
petroleum and petroleum used to be referred to as a
mineral), is a good thinner for most oily substances. In
fact, most oils are reasonably good thinners for other

Most common surfactants, detergents, or soaps, mixed with
water, will grab mineral oil and let you rinse it away.

Because camphor and menthol are so odiferous, even trace
amounts will present a lingering smell, especially if any
has worked it's way into the silicone. I doubt that small
trace amounts will be harmfull to fish or plants.

--- Jerry Smith <jerrytheplater at hotmail_com> wrote:

> Rik
> If you haven't been able to remove the Campho-Phenique
> from your tank yet, 
> try using USP Mineral Oil rubbed in vigorously. When
> Debbie Dowding posted 
> the list of ingredients I checked the Merck Index for
> each and found that 
> each is soluble in Mineral Oil. The Camphorated Menthol
> is probably a 
> mixture of Camphor and Menthol crushed together which
> causes the Camphor to 
> liquefy. Menthol is freely soluble in Mineral Oil.
> Eucalyptus Oil also has a 
> camphorous smell and is miscible with oils and fats. The
> common denominator 
> is the Mineral Oil. Use it repeatedly until removed, then
> use a strong 
> detergent to remove the oil.
> If this doesn't work, try your paint store for the
> solvent 
> Trichloroethylene. It is used in Dry Cleaning. If you do
> use it make sure to 
> follow the instructions on the label. I know they will
> say to use with 
> adequate ventilation. Read that as outdoors. Use Neoprene
> gloves.
> Jerry Smith
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