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Old 10-03-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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What is this on my magnetic algae scrubber???

Went to clean my tank and found this stuff on my algae scrubber magnet and found these things.

The tank as a 3 black neon tetra, 3 glow light tetra, and 1 small gold fish (yes I know...my kid brought it home from the fair). There were a few snails but the bigger ones died and I haven't seen the small ones in a long time.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:46 PM   #2
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Just taking a shot in the dark here but... magnets are metal... so perhaps water got into it and the metal (I assume iron from the orange color) is rusting? If I were you I'd chuck it and buy a new one. It's only on that, right?
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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What do snail eggs look like? I've never had them. Just a thought......
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Mystery solved! A thermometer burst and the little metal balls in it stuck to the magnet. No clue how that happened.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #5
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Weird!! If there is mercury in there, you want to be very careful when handling it. Wash your hands really well after touching it if you do not wear gloves. I'd also be extra careful when doing water changes because you'll get mercury on your hands if there's still any dissolved in the water.
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Weird!! If there is mercury in there, you want to be very careful when handling it. Wash your hands really well after touching it if you do not wear gloves. I'd also be extra careful when doing water changes because you'll get mercury on your hands if there's still any dissolved in the water.
The actual part of the thermometer part didn't break. The glass around it with the metal beads broke, so only the metal beads and some glass actually fell into the tank.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:25 PM   #7
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Oh okay, well then you should be okay. I would do a PWC just in case the rusting metal is harmful for the fish. You don't want high levels of metals in the water. Especially if you have any inverts.
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