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Old 10-25-2009, 03:29 PM   #1
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Possible copper poisoning

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I had a mishap today/last night. My battery powered thermometer fell into the tank and corroded over night. It looks like the nastiest stuff stayed inside, but there was a brown residue (copper I fear) on the outside of the thermometer which I found floating in the tank.

Am I doomed? Nothing shows any signs of distress yet. I did a water change, and am about to go get some Cuprisorb. Will this help? Is it all over? I cant believe this has happened! I must have knocked it in somehow and had no idea.

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Matt
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Old 10-25-2009, 03:35 PM   #2
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It should be fine. That would be iron Oxide most likely, rust. Run some carbon and a polyfilter if you have them and do a few water changes. If you want you can run the cuprisorb, but in a few hours not much if any would get in the water.
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Old 10-25-2009, 03:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I am running Cuprisorb and carbon right now in my fluval 305. What I am worried about is the copper traces on the circuit board inside the poorly sealed thermometer housing. How soon could I tell if any damage was going to occur? I know ordering a copper test would be best, but in the meantime, how might I know if things are going to be okay?

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Well how big is the aquarium? Although i doubt they would leach without a good amount of voltage going through it. In my electrolosys experiment, you need vinegar and high voltage to dissolve it.
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Since you're already running media chemically I would also perform a 50% water change and continue to monitor conditions.
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...and get a copper test...
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:33 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the good advice! I am ordering a copper test. As of today, still no apparent damage to anything in the tank except for the wrasse acting like a jerk out of nowhere.

I am hoping that all is fine. That thermometer was badly oxidized! Oozing all sorts of grossness! And likely was in there all night long.

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