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Chemicals In Your Home And Impact On Your Fish

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Chemicals in your home and impact on your fish
« on: December 14, 2016, 08:33:32 PM »
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I know that most of you are aware of these thing, but leading on from comments relating to scented candles in the home, etc., and considering the festive season is upon us, I just thought this article might be interesting for some.

http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/features/articles/2016/12/13/toxic-shock-the-everyday-chemicals-that-can-kill-your-fish

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Re: Chemicals in your home and impact on your fish
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2016, 09:05:54 PM »
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A very useful and informative article, Donna. I'm always aware of the polishing thing, always spray the cloth on the other side of the room  before I wipe over the wooden parts of the tank lid and cabinet.  8) 8)

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Re: Chemicals in your home and impact on your fish
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2016, 10:24:34 PM »
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Good article; thanks.

I'm always aware of the polishing thing, always spray the cloth on the other side of the room  before I wipe over the wooden parts of the tank lid and cabinet.  8) 8)
@Paddyc - good to "see" you; I actually think it'd be safer just to use a cloth with no spray on it for cleaning a tank lid.

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Re: Chemicals in your home and impact on your fish
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2016, 10:34:06 PM »
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Cheers fcmf, been a bit shy recently, life getting in the road etc. But I'll always drop back in.  :)

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Re: Chemicals in your home and impact on your fish
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2016, 11:23:41 PM »
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Good call @fcmf,
I once heard of a design of gas fire that took air from the room for combustion (this is normal) but then extracted all the heat from it to the point where the water vapour condensed out to improve efficiency.
They knew this water would be slightly acidic so made the parts out of a good grade of stainless steel. What they didn't allow for was the use of aerosols in the home. All the contamination also went into the combustion process and each time it heated up some of the water evaporated until they were left with a concentrate acid (@Sue Hydrofluoric! instead of the usual weak Sulphuric and Nitric) which ate through the heat exchanger.

The comedians in R&D had a theory of groups of OAPS rolling around on the rug covered in Ralgex, I just hope they had a towel over the tank to spare the fish the horror :)

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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2016, 09:37:13 AM »
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The article makes me glad my main tank is now in the dining room rather than the lounge. My husband likes his music loud - he says an orchestra is loud and that's how it should be listened to  :-\
Paint is the tricky one - how on earth do you move a large tank every time you want to paint? I always insist that any painting in the room is done on a day when we can have all the windows and doors in the house wide open, and preferably on a day with a fair breeze.

Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes Poly-Filter (with capital letters)  ;D I always have some in the cupboard.




That gas fire sounds horrendous, Andy. HF will eat through anything, the only way to store it is in glass and preferably not have it at all.

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Re: Chemicals in your home and impact on your fish
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ooo - perfect excuse not to do any housework. Thanks Donna.  :cheers:

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Re: Chemicals in your home and impact on your fish
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2016, 04:57:15 PM »
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Absolutley @ColinB
I often find the best way to clean the lid of a fish tank is to wipe it with the sleeve of my dressing gown as I go past in the morning .  ;)

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