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Old 04-29-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
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copper question

Is it bad to put copper in your tank to cure ich? What does it do?
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It will kill all inverts and probably render the tank useless to keep inverts in it for a long, long time. Not to mention it's toxic to everything else as well. Fish simply can tolerate it better than inverts.
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Inverts as in soft coral like anemones will die out to?
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Anemones will definitely be history.
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Well awesome my girlfriend tried being a hero and decided to put copper in my tank. Any ideas
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
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She said she poured half a cap full of it in and it was 1 tea spoon to every 5 gallons I dont think she put the quota for the 40 gallons
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alot of carbon and heavy metal removers. what level is the copper at, if its low enough hopefully it doesn't have to much of an effect but if she heavily dosed it you may have problems.

as for inverts he doesn't mean soft corals, he means anemones crabs, snails urchins shrimp lobsters.

basically any clean up crew is gone, as well as corals and anemones
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And, unfortunately, copper will embed itself into the rock and even the silicone seals of the tank itself, pretty much rendering it useless for any future reef use. That's why hospital/QT tanks that have had any copper based meds in them can never be used for inverts or corals.
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According to her is was a little bit. But who knows. How long does it take the copper to take effect on my tank? I have her putting heavy metal removers now and put extra carbon bags in filtration system. Am I completely screwd or what? Thank you guys for yalls help.
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I'd do a heavy water change (50% atleast) then run Cuprisorb or Polyfilter. They both turn blue as they absorb Copper......all while running carbon in addition. I would run the carbon (high grade) for a week, then toss it and replace.

Copper leaches out of everything (substate and rock) for 5-10 years. During certain times, more than other times depending on the water chemistry.
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