20 Gallon Tank Is rubber band harmful for fishes and inverts?

Caterpie

Hello!
I found out that my red skirt shrimps are berried and I have a HOB type of filter. To avoid the little shrimps getting sucked up the filter, I put this flosser pad with a rubber band around, but I’m concerned about causing any problem in the water parameters with this material. I always change the water 25% once a week, so if I see the rubber band weak, I’d just replace it ( I tried with cable ties, but it will be hard to remove them in order to clean the flosser pad).
I have fishes, mystery and nerite snail, and shrimps.
 

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A201

I believe true rubber bands are aquarium safe. Maybe avoid the brightly colored bands.
 
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StarGirl

I use rubber bands to attach plants all the time. I get the small clear ones from the dollar store.
 
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Frank the Fish guy

They break down in salt water.

Use fishing line instead.
 
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SparkyJones

it works fine, they do break down and rot and lose strength, avoid colors like A201 said because they are dyed and the colors/dye could leech to the tank.

Although I have to say, Cable ties..... they make small velcro straps for cable management also to bundle cables with. it would probably last you longer and you can clean them also and tighten or loosen them. I haven't tried it but looking at this, that looks like a pretty good solution, no more busted bands and easy access also.
 
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