Interesting Find

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    During cleaning of my substrate that I removed in going BB, I have noticed that it contained Iron in it. The only source could be from the crushed coral or the red sea [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Aragonite[/FONT] that I used. After using a magnet found the even some small "rock" stuck to it.
     
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    Hhhhhh - that is REALLY interesting Thalion. And definitely NOT good..... I wonder how it got there?
     
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    The dangers of scooping sand from the beach/sea, i always run a magnet through it after someone found a screw in a new bag of live sand.
     
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    Wee-Man - I think that Thalion actually mean BOUGHT aragonite and crushed coral.
     
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    Not good!
     
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    Yes it is the bought stuff.

    Most of it is so fine it floats up when you spray the substrate with a hose pipe. Must have come with the crushed coral or [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]aragonite and relesed when the stuff degrades.
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    Don't think It had any ill effect on the tank, as things were doing OK. Still plan to use the stuff in the refrigerium.
     
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    So now looks like we got to start running magnets over the substrate we buy.Cant even trust that.
     
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    So did i but where do you think it came from?
     
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    That is somewhat scary. how much is there? could there not be some other source?
     
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    Don't some PO4 removers use Iron.

    From what I remember a small amount of iron is ok.
     
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    Hi

    Experiencing the same with oolite (also bought), I broke a thermometer in the tank and use a magnet to pick up the little iron balls in the tank, had quite a lot of the substrate sticking to the magnet.

    Did the same with other substrate I had, same result.
     
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    I can recall a thread on this subject, I think it was millepora that found a few pieces of iron in his aragonite and actually sent it away for testing, the test results came back all ok and there was nothing to worry about.
     
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    Yes.Rowaphos being one.
     
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    Thought so.

    Does not look like it rusts.
     

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