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    Will rust kill fish

    Discussion in 'General Aquaria Discussion' started by 100gallons, Dec 12, 2009.

    1. 100gallons

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      Will a rusty screw in the tank kill fish?
       
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      I'd say so. I never put any kind of metal in my tank, save for whatever is built into the tank, heater, or filter.
       
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      Good question.

      If it's a pure iron nail, I don't think it would. Rust = iron oxide. Plant fertilizer has iron in it and is safe for fish. I suppose if you dumped a bunch of nails in it might overdose things, but I doubt dropping a nail in your tank would kill things off.
       
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      The rust won´t. A pointy screw may be a problem though.

      j<><
       
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      I doubt it.
       
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      probably not but other heavy metals might
       
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      The driftwood in my tank has nails holding it to a board, and I've had the same piece in my tank for almost 10 years without problems.
       
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      The old-school way of adding iron supplementation was burying iron nails in the gravel of planted tanks lol...also, as mentioned, driftwood is mostly held on with screws.
       
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      BINGO!!!!!!!thanks
       

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