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Safety of un/coated polycarbonate

Trying to find a sturdy yet machinable base to attach my driftwood to, but I've had to deal with some setbacks... namely money and transportation problems. So I need to make do with what I have, and I happen to have some Lexan (polycarbonate) sheets. I've read differing opinions on using this stuff in aquariums - reefers seem to do it all the time, but others on this forum and Dendroboard have concerns of BPA leaching.

I've made the bases and coated them in Drylok. Are they okay to use? At least a little less toxic now? Or should I put all this on hold until I can get something safer?
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I've had pieces acting as moss ledges in a couple shrimp tanks for a couple years without issues that I've noticed. I guess the occasional dead shrimp could be due to cancer? Lol
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I've had pieces acting as moss ledges in a couple shrimp tanks for a couple years without issues that I've noticed. I guess the occasional dead shrimp could be due to cancer? Lol
Apparently there's a concern that BPA could affect fertility or increase the rate of deformed fry. But then again, regular water changes might clear that out. So I don't know.
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I'd hope a handful of 2"x2" ledges leaching into 20 gallon or more tanks that get regular water changes would not be an issue (haven't seen any yet). Plus, there got to be a limit to how much can leech out until it's exhausted? About 2.5 years on my oldest two
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