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Would you put this in your aquarium?

Hi all,

Back again with a trivial question and in need of your 2 cents. I have a generic top fin heater i bought from Petsmart and i had it in my 20 gallon that I recently tore down. Now this heater just sat in open air for a few weeks when I eventually got around to cleaning the tank completely i noticed what was on the heater, essentially what i think is rust... would you use this?

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Salt creep is my guess. I've had it on freshwater tanks, not sure how that's possible when I don't add any salt.
Plastic ribs should be solid, right? I don't see how rust would get onto the plastic like that unless there's holes/gaps in it.

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Personally I wouldn't trust that brand to begin with, but I'd suspect thats dried out algae/mulm/bacteria from the tank that you can get off with a good rinse and a scrub brush.

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I wouldn't use it as is, just get some white vinegar and an old tooth brush and clean it up. Once it is clean shouldn't be any problem with it as long as it still works.
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I would, its just some type of mineral deposit, probably something your plants will like anyway. if you're scared get some vinegar and scrub it off.

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Salt creep is my guess. I've had it on freshwater tanks, not sure how that's possible when I don't add any salt.
Plastic ribs should be solid, right? I don't see how rust would get onto the plastic like that unless there's holes/gaps in it.
Salt is a mineral so what you're really seeing is "mineral creep". I too get that salt creep look and never add salt to my tanks. I think its a sign of hard water if I'm not mistaken.

To the OP: when in doubt throw it out! A relatively small heater usually has a pretty small price tag. If you're concerned about using this one, then you've pretty much already answered your own question!
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Salt (sodium) is usually present in tap water at very low or low concentrations. But salts are added to aquaria in the form of fertilizers such as KNO3, KH2PO4, and others.

Anyway, the heater just looks like it has dried bacterial biofilm. Brush it off and it will look almost like new.
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Thanks guys now that I think about it I could try and clean it up with white vinegar and see where that gets me. Im not sure if its rust or if its just dried algae because hen I took the tank down it was infested with algae due to improper maintenance during the college semesters


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Just looks like some dried up algae/junk to me, I would have 0 hesitation putting it in the tank.

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