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Re: Lead strips (was Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #981
What is the pH of your water?
If it is acidic (below pH 6.0), then you can worry, because the lead
strips will probably dissolve slowly. How slowly -- depends on pH and
water circulation around the strips.
If the water is alkaline -- you probably need not worry. The lead will
likely be coated with insoluble lead carbonate (white coating). As you
get to the strips during normal maintenance, remove them.
> Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 08:02:29 -0600
> From: "E.W. Marshall" <emmettw at direcpc_com>
> Subject: Lead Weights - Do I Really Need to Worry?
> Hi All,
> I need to hear the "voice of experience." I've got a heavily planted 55gal
> with fish in which some of the stemmed plants
> were planted with the lead weights attached. There might be 2-3 lead
> weights buried in the substrate here and there. Is this REALLY a major concern
> requiring "immediate" removal of the weights to prevent lead poisening,
> or should I just remove them over time while tending to
> things and not worry a whole lot? Things are just starting to "come
> together" with this aquarium and I hate to go in there at this time and
> start uprooting the recently planted flora.
> E.W. Marshall
> "SUSHIDO: The solemn and humble way of the Tuna."
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