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Old 06-01-2009, 11:30 PM   #1
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Post Copper Sulfate is that bad?

I just started using this yesterday Spectrum Thera + A for my Onyx Clowns and Tang they love it by the way also my Mandarin which is a surprise. But anyhow I was looking at the Ingredients and one states Copper Sulfate? Would that be bad let alone be bad for my Corals?

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Old 06-02-2009, 12:30 AM   #2
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From my *very* cursory google search, copper sulfate is FO/FOWLR tank only. Should be *off* limits for a tank with corals. GL!
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I think it's meant to be used in a QT environment. Most inverts, and some fish, are highly sensitive to copper.
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I think it is a type of salt....It probably is ok in this application, depending on the concentration of the formula. I would think it might be a very small amount.
I do remember having it in an old chemistry set that had precautions on it, but I believe that was a higher concentration....just my thoughts...
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My take on it is that in compound form copper might not be that bad. For instance in Salt (NaCl) you have two very unstable elements. I`ve seen my chemistry teacher years ago put Sodium in a beaker of water and see it sparking and flashing and popping and smoking. Chlorine is a lethal gas that would kill someone in seconds. Combined these two elements form a compound called salt which we use everyday to season our food. So dont be worried about the copper part but what it`s combined with to form the compound. I hope this makes sense.
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Yes I was told Copper Sulfate is part of the Salt Mixes that we use it's part of the trace elements that are found in many brands of salt mixes.
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You know there is over 89 different salts in marine salt mix. They are part of the trace elements found in marine salt water.
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The copper in that fish food is as a trace element. In a thread on another forum we found out that the copper in that food is so minute..Here is the link to more information;
Copper Sulfate - New Life Spectrum Fish Food Forum
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Yes the same site I saw....
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