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Exclamation Thermometer broke in tank!!! Help!

As I was doing a WC on my 75 gal, I accidentally tapped the tank thermomter and it broke. I cleaned up the glass the best I could, but was unable to clean up all the little balls (that surround the red bulb where it goes up and down to read the temp... the red part didn't break)... I vacuumed the area as best I could, added fresh water and plenty of Stress Coat. But I was unable to get any of those little metal balls out, and they are impossible to find as we have Eco-Complete substrate...

I am afraid my fish will die, what can I do? Help please.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2005, 11:42 PM
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do sevaral 50 % water changes. Keep vacuming the area where the balls are. That's the best I can tell you.
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Same thing happened to me last week and everything is fine... Just watch your fish they are the best warning indicator. You can try to vac them out but I think they may be too heavy...

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this most likely should not be a problem, the balls are not lead anymore, mostlikely a steel or other relativly harmless material. If you do water changes regularly you should be fine imo
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probably not a big deal. consider all the metal piping your tap water goes through before reaching your house!
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Those little metal balls are most likely lead. If so you have the same chance of poisoning your fish as the people here who use lead plant weights. While I personally don't like the idea of deliberately introducing lead into my tanks I haven't heard of it being a problem for those who do.

Invertebrates are often more sensitive to metal poisoning than fish. If your shrimp or snails start dying off it might be time to scoop the contaminated substrate out and replace it, but I doubt very much those balls are made of copper, aluminum, or something equally as toxic.

If you do manage to find some of those balls back and they're rusting (i.e. iron), be happy and plant an Echinodorus over top of them.

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If they are made of steel, you could use a magnet to pull them out


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If you have an old hard drive that is broken or of no use to you, they have a great pair of magnets inside of them. SCSI works the best, but IDE will work good too.
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If you have an old hard drive that is broken or of no use to you, they have a great pair of magnets inside of them. SCSI works the best, but IDE will work good too.

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Why would anyone want to use a hard drive when they can use a simple fish magnet that is used for scrubbing sides?
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Take the large tube off your syphon and simply use the 5/8in tube as your syphon. It will suck the gravel up quick so do it fast and in the area you want. I did this to remove gravel in a tnak once and it works great.
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