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Re: Metal nuts in the tank

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> Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 11:07:04 -0500
> From: "Rod Hanks" <rodchanks at hotmail_com>
> Subject: Metal nuts in the tank
> While replacing a fan, I managed to drop two #6 nuts into the tank.
> This tank is full of plants, 2 feet deep, and has a sand and fine
> soil substrate.  The nuts are gone.  I'll never find them.
> These were regular hardware item bright finish nuts, probably some
> kind of steel with a zinc coating.  How worried should I be about
> metal toxicity?  Is there anything I can add to the tank to make it
> safer?

Get a strong small magnet on a string, and go fishing. The Nuts should be
easy to remove, that way.

I would be mildly worried, depending on relative size of nuts and tank. The
bright finish is, unfortunately cadmium on common hardware-store nuts. It is
pretty soluble, particularly in an acidic tank.

I'd find a magnet and get them out, if it was my tank.


Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679  huntley1 at home_com

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