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Old 06-13-2004, 07:37 PM   #1
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Fishing Weights

Ok for tank? I want to weigh down some bait for my crab trap, tied with fishing line and a couple of split shot.
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Old 06-13-2004, 08:14 PM   #2
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I think for a limited time it would be OK, but fishing weights are made out of lead, and it's not something you want in there long term, also once done make sure they are stored safely or disposed of properly. Small children will put anything in their mouth and your expecting one, if I'm not mistaken.
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I think for a limited time it would be OK, but fishing weights are made out of lead, and it's not something you want in there long term, also once done make sure they are stored safely or disposed of properly. Small children will put anything in their mouth and your expecting one, if I'm not mistaken.
Sure am, and I keep all of my tackle in the detached garage in a case. I also have a small dog I don't want trying out interesting objects.

I agree, I think short term (over night or 2 days) they would be fine. I'm going to give them a whirl.
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Some fishing weights are made of a zinc based metal and do not contain lead (like plant weights) and will not harm the tank, but I don't know any way to tell the difference.
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I used one last night, and I will again tonight, no residual in the jar like rust leaves.
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The trap is set!
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And the trap was empty this morning, so the trap will be set again later tonight.
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Most fish weight is pure zinc as zinc is much cheaper then lead.
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Zinc won't harm anything, to my knowledge, and you probably won't be leaving this in for a terribly long time, I hope, for your sake!
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Any metal is bad in SW
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