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Is brass dangerous to lifestock?

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I just realized I may have done something stupid...

I have a 5 gallon glass beverage dispenser with a brass spigot. Inside the jar is a 1/2" brass nut that secures the spigot to the jar. Also in the jar are approximately 7 shrimp, a lot of plants, and about 2" of Eco Complete.

Is the brass a danger to the shrimp or the plants? Is there something like aquarium sealant that I could use to cover the metal part? What I'd like is to make a blob (think used chewing gum) to seal off the metal from the tank, but I'm not sure it would stick under water. Will I have to drain and dry the jar?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Is the brass nut easily accessible? Do you ever have to remove it when the container is used for aquatics? If you can get to it, and don't ever have to disassemble the spigot, I'd try coating the nut with silicone - that should keep it away from the water.
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