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    Default Rusty screw in driftwood.

    I bought a piece of used driftwood and I found a rusty screw in it. Will this hurt the fish/shrimp/snails? Do I need to drill it out? I've tried to unscrew it, but it's not budging. Should I just cover/seal it with silicone and place it in? Any ideas are appreciated.
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    What size aquarium will this be placed? (the reason I ask, if it's 10, 20, 30 gallons - I would say it's a bigger issue, 50, 75, 90+ - I would say it's not as big an issue).

    Ultimately, the rusty screw will change your water chemistry, but not necessarily in a bad way. Over time you will have more iron within the water (good for plants), but it could also tint the water color.

    My best judgement says get it out - drill it or cut it. But it should not be a huge issue being only one and depending on the size of aquarium plus fish within.
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    I would take it out.



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    It is pretty common to see a screw to hold wood to a base..

    I would probably take it out if I could.
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    I decided to try and remove it. I think as it was screwed in originally, the head of the screw broke off. Now I'm dealing with excavating enough of the shaft to get a grip on it. By the time I get through there may be a divot big enough to stick a plant in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by plant lady View Post
    I decided to try and remove it. I think as it was screwed in originally, the head of the screw broke off. Now I'm dealing with excavating enough of the shaft to get a grip on it. By the time I get through there may be a divot big enough to stick a plant in!
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    So after using two different sizes of drill bits, I finally got it all out, about 1 1/4" of rust.
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    So after using two different sizes of drill bits, I finally got it all out, about 1 1/4" of metal and rust.
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    good for you
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    Excellent!

    Seems it wasn't too bad to remove, though not extremely easy either.
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