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mbinkley at earthling_net (Mark Binkley): NANFA-- Aluminum

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From: mbinkley at earthling_net (Mark Binkley)
To: nanfa at aquaria_net
Subject: NANFA-- Aluminum
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 14:50:48 -0600
Message-ID: <afcdf70b00021004cec0@[]>


I don't have any specific experience with aluminum in aquaria, but in
general, I avoid all metals in my tanks.  The fear is that, over time,
material will dissolve into the water, especially in an acid environment.
Whether aluminum is toxic to fish, I don't know.  I have a book at home
that lists limits for specific metals in aquarium water- don't remember
aluminum was mentioned.  I can check.

The only metal I've seen consistently used in aquaria is stainless steel.
Some thermometers have it, and the shafts to most power heads are
stainless-  I use these.  (Now that I think about it, the straps on net
breeding traps are often aluminum, but they usually stay out of the
Of course in a marine environment, metals are quite hazardous.  I assume
you're not creating a marine estuary tank :)

Another consideration might be whether there are sharp edges on your
Obviously this could lead to injuries and infections.

If you learn anything else on this subject, I would be be interested to

Could the lathe be sealed in with some kind of resin?  Tell us more about
your project.

Mark Binkley
Columbus, Ohio, USA
mbinkley at earthling_net

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