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Old 08-28-2008, 05:27 PM   #1
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copper treated LR

I've got about 2 lbs of live rock and some dead coral that was treated in a tank with copper. I was told that if it's boiled, then it can be used in a tank with inverts. Before I do anything with it I want to know if its true.

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Old 08-28-2008, 05:59 PM   #2
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boiling it wont do anything AFAIK

Since its only 2 lbs I would not use it

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Old 08-28-2008, 06:48 PM   #3
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Toss it out.
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It`s not worth the trouble.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:45 PM   #5
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Boiling will do zero to remove copper. Copper is notorious for remaining for a long, long, LONG time in tanks and can lead to invert wipe-outs years after it was last used in a tank.

I would toss anything that was in the tank when the copper was used. Rinse the empty tank a bunch of times with water. Then several rinses of the tank with water containing a 10x dose of Prime (which can bind copper and other heavy metals). And then cross your fingers, because there are still no guarantees.

(Note: this is what I would do for freshwater invert keeping. If saltwater inverts are more resistant to copper, then what I wrote above might be overkill. I've never had a salt tank so I can't advise you about that specifically.)
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yeah, you can have issues with it seeping in the seals. I have heard that if you scrub the seals and glass with regular table salt it can help (in addition to the above suggestions). The rock, not worth the chance for 2 lbs. Toss it
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I'm assuming that by now you have tossed that rock out. Best thing you can do.

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