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Old 11-30-2014, 03:41 AM   #1
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Broke temp guage in tank

I dropped the temp guage in the tank, and it broke... Mercury went into tank.. Aamnd some broken glass
I have gravel cleaned, but see anytging in the tank, but also couldnt see anything get syphoned up either

What potential damage could i have caused , 1 with the broken glass and 2 with the mercury ?


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Old 11-30-2014, 04:12 AM   #2
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Broke temp guage in tank

Unless it was an old thermometer, it most likely wasn't Mercury.

What colour was the liquid that rises in this thermometer (before it broke)?

If it was red, then its alcohol not mercury and the silver balls are likely weights only not mercury.

If it was silver liquid, then it is most likely mercury. Take caution even cleaning it up as it poses a huge risk to your health.
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Old 11-30-2014, 04:18 AM   #3
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Thats a relief... This is the temp guage before it broke.
Its was 10 months old, and yes, RED!Click image for larger version

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Any advice on the broken glass.
Will my bottom feeders get cut when trying to eat ?


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It is possible that they could get cut. If the broken glass all fell in one area of the tank, then take a cup and scoop out and replace all the substrate in that area. If it spread out when it broke, well, you may need to try and replace all your substrate, or risk loosing fish.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:42 AM   #5
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Replacing the whole substrate on a 120gal tank is quite a task.
Thinking will risk it. Hopefully the vac was enough !


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Yes the silver balls are weights as mercury is a liquid at normal temperatures.
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You could try passing a magnet (eg - algae scrubber) through the substrate in case the metal balls are magnetic. I cannot remember if they are or not.


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Good idea.... Will give that a go.
I wish there were magnets for glass as well


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Sounds like a good opportunity to switch to sand.
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