Lubricating seals

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  1. JDV

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    Hi all

    Tell me, apparently you are supposed to lubricate a canister filters seals. What should I use for this?
    I googled it and they say Vaseline is no good as it damages the rubber. any suggestions?
     
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    Interesting.. must admit we never did it when we ran canisters and I haven't read anything on it.

    I would imagine it would have to be something with a greasy/oily base but not sure if it would work

    Lets see if anyone does it..
     
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    From the title I got this image in my head of seals (the swimming, ball balancing, flipper clapping kind) covered in oil. o_O
     
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    Thanks @MariaS I was doing some research, I want to buy a second hand Fluval FX5 and one of the videos said you must lubricate the Orings.
    I then got side tract with this lubricating of seals and actually find that most of the Canister filter makers recommend this. I was then wondering
    how may guys on the forum do this and what do they use.
     
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    Had a similar thought. :lol:

    I have seen a Fluval lubricant at my lfs. Not sure if it's available in SA
    Otherwise perhaps petroleum jelly, but make sure that it doesn't have artificial scents or other additives.
     

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