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post #1 of 7 Old 06-24-2012, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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My thermometer boke inside my BRAND NEW 55 gal!

So, im stupid.
Really stupid.

I got a used 55 gal today,a nd was going to start filling it up, so i stuck the thermometer to the side. I came back in the room, and it had fallen, the tip was broken, and the little mercury balls were everywhere!!

Me and my boyfriend washed it out, and spent the last 45 minutes picking little balls outta the tank. There is now no water, and i believe we got all the balls. There are droplets of water, and were leaving it outside til the water drops are dried...Will this get the mercury out?!

I feel so stupid...What should i do??

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-24-2012, 10:18 PM
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The good news is that those balls are not mercury - they are weights. Most thermometers are alcohol now.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-24-2012, 10:52 PM
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Since the 90's most aquarium thermometers are made with alcohol which is in small enough quantity to make the fish sleepy but not enough to kill them.

Unless the thermometer was very old and did have mercury in (which if it did you have to report it local authorities IMMEDIATELY, as mercury is highly poisonous! and requires specialist equipment to remove it), then I would not worry about it too much.
The balls as mentioned are usually weights to hold the thermometer down and stop it floating and potentially being exposed to dry conditions which will crack it anyway(they are not lead so dont worry about that either).

If the tank is not fully filled up, then find a magnet and that should remove most of the balls.

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-24-2012, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my god...
That's such a relief!
I bought it about a year ago, so no mercury!

Thank you so much guys!

Just a question, if we missed any balls, will they harm the fish?

Lyzz.RI.23
RIP Lilly May, our 13 y/o beagle, taken from us 6.8.12

Main tank:50 gal/betta/Guppies/Cories/BNandRNPleco
15 gallon/endlers/least killifish/otos/ADF
45 gal: wintering goldfish
Fry Tank:10gal/Tonso'babies, all ages
2.5:Algeafarm
Poodle Mix.Tomcat.Rats!
*New cattle dog pups! *

Also, check out my journal!
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-24-2012, 11:52 PM
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They might once they start to rust but as I mentioned, run a magnet over the area they dropped and it should pick them up. A simple algae magnet will pick them up...actually anything with a magnet on will work.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-24-2012, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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I'm so glad I have you guys.
If I didn't, I'd go nuts!

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RIP Lilly May, our 13 y/o beagle, taken from us 6.8.12

Main tank:50 gal/betta/Guppies/Cories/BNandRNPleco
15 gallon/endlers/least killifish/otos/ADF
45 gal: wintering goldfish
Fry Tank:10gal/Tonso'babies, all ages
2.5:Algeafarm
Poodle Mix.Tomcat.Rats!
*New cattle dog pups! *

Also, check out my journal!
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-25-2012, 12:09 AM
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10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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