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Old 03-20-2010, 02:11 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Have a problem

Alright, well I cleaned out their tank last night. I went to check on them today and noticed that their glass thermometer broke. It's only the bottom and the beads fell out to the bottom. When I saw that, I went into a panic and got them out asap. I set up my 2 gallon bowl and my 1/2 gallon to put them in for now.
The thermometer contains no mercury thankfully. My question now is what should I replace, and what should I clean?
Also, if there is anything to clean, how should I clean it?

I know this is a question that has came up before, I just wanted to be on the safe side. Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-20-2010, 02:30 PM   #2 
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Really? No one?
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Old 03-20-2010, 02:47 PM   #3 
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I'm sorry, I've never had this happen to me before. I hope someone can help you!
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Old 03-20-2010, 02:55 PM   #4 
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I think this happened to Dr2b. Maybe read that thread she made?
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Old 03-20-2010, 03:07 PM   #5 
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There weren't specifics in the post.

I used a magnet to get out all of the metal ball, I think I'm going to do a partial water change and keep an eye on the fishies.

I've read around and it seems like it's not a HUGE problem. Everywhere I read they just removed all of the pieces from the thermometer and did a water change.

The fish have been acting fine at least.
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Old 03-20-2010, 03:15 PM   #6 
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Sorry I can't help you more!!

I hope your fish are OK!
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Old 03-20-2010, 04:33 PM   #7 
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if fish are fine till now i guess there are no toxic substances in the thermometer. water change and conditioner and wash out tank, that should do it to be safe... i wouldnt worry as long as your fish are grand
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:45 PM   #8 
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This happened to me last fall. I panicked and got Flair and the otos out ASAP. It turns out I only broke the glass, not the actual red portion. The beads were just iron/steel weight pellets. I had to drain the tank, and I very carefully got the pieces I could see out of the tank. I then went and rinsed the gravel carefully. And, I also removed the gravel with a cup that I knew had glass shatters in it and just bought a new bag.
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