Penny is Octopus Tank

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  1. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    How toxic is a penny to an octopus? I looked in Lil P's tank and there sitting out in the open, starting to corrode is a bright penny. I've been watching Lil P constantly since I let him out and never noticed anything, even when I vacumed the gravel for a waterchange. I added a large bubble filter with carbon right after I found the penny. Of course, my little six year old has no clue!!!

    Carol
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Hi Carol,

    I think if anything was going to happen it would've by now. Not sure if your penny's have copper in them (our 1 & 2 cents did, we don't have them any more.....instant inflation :x ). Maybe the penny hasn't been in too long, cos I'm sure you'd have noticed it!

    In the aquarium if any kids drop something into a tank for eg the touch pools we usually find something the kids don't like and tell them that whatever they dropped in is just like...........(you supply the nasty) to the animals, it works like a charm.....now if we can only find something that will work for ADULTS :evil:

    Cheers

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    "the cent, once a copper coin, is now composed of copper plated zinc. These cents are less expensive for the Mint to manufacture, and at 2.5 grams each, weigh about 20% less than the cent previously minted of 95 percent copper and 5 percent zinc, which weighed 3.11 grams."

    from USmint.gov.... so if its still shiny, its probably the low Cu formula... either that or someone had vinegar and time on their hands...
     
  4. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    :) Thanks!!!! I kind of paniced when I saw it in the tank!!! It was a 1999 so obviously not totally copper anymore :) ! Jess still has not idea, but ya can tell she has some idea that she's not saying!!!

    She now knows how fatel any foreign object could be to a creature!! (thanks Jean :)

    Lil Pumpkin seems absolutely fine! If anything, he totally was all over the large bubble filter with the carbon! Sticking his arms in all the holes! He has decided to keep the pethome as his den! Guess he feels secure!!

    Carol
     
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    Welll for safety reasons, have you removed the penny?I guess maybe it can't be too bad since its already corroded and nothing has happened to Lil P. But still better to be safe then sorry....
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Joel!

    2 seconds after I saw it, it was out!!! Lil Pumpkin seems fine! Has taken up residence in a conk shell in the front of the tank where he can watch everyone!!

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    Well that's good!

    I didn't see the pic the last time but Lil P looks alot like Ink when she was younger :)
     

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