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Does anyone who has a Jardli stainless steel skimmer have issues with rust/corrosion? I am going through the fishless cycling process with Stability and 10% Ammonia (Day2 or so) and have just noticed some corrosion at the weld joint on the intake. I just put the pipes a little less than a day ago.

I really like the way they look, but the rust is troubling. There is a review on Amazon that shows significant rust in the same place.

I really don't want to replace this with a glass one, and the stock plastic ones that came with my filter (Oase BioMaster Thermo) are functional, but ugly.

Any suggestions? Would sanding it down, pickling and then passivating it be worth the time and effort?

Admittedly, the rust is hard to see in the pictures...
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After reading the Amazon reviews, I decided to go a (slightly) different route and bought what is probably the exact same thing from eBay. Will let you know if I have any better luck. The set I got looks exactly the same, but is branded as "Aqualexs". I'm still a ways from setting the tank up, so it will be awhile unless I decide to toss them in a bucket of water just to see what happens... which isn't a bad idea. I don't want to go the glass route either, and its tough finding the stainless options for the Oase 16/22 tubing size (which is the same filter I plan on buying).
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After reading the Amazon reviews, I decided to go a (slightly) different route and bought what is probably the exact same thing from no ebay links allowed Will let you know if I have any better luck. The set I got looks exactly the same, but is branded as "Aqualexs". I'm still a ways from setting the tank up, so it will be awhile unless I decide to toss them in a bucket of water just to see what happens... which isn't a bad idea. I don't want to go the glass route either, and its tough finding the stainless options for the Oase 16/22 tubing size (which is the same filter I plan on buying).
Cool. I'll take a look. I bought the Jardli 17 mm suction/13 mm discharge and put a small section of 1/2" I.D. x 5/8" O.D. vinyl tubing on the inlet of the filter discharge pipe and after heating it up in hot water, slid the 16/22 that comes with the Oase over the top, and secured it with worm-drive hose clamps. They're ugly, but I'm going to replace them with spring action clamps in the near future.
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Take it out and clean it the best you can. Then use a small amount of clear aquarium silicone and run it around with your finger to seal it. Should dry clear.
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Take it out and clean it the best you can. Then use a small amount of clear aquarium silicone and run it around with your finger to seal it. Should dry clear.
Sounds good. I'll give it a shot.
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I was going to suggest clear acrylic, but the silicone should work well too.

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