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Old 06-22-2013, 03:16 PM   #31
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How deep is the sand bed? How long since you moved it and are you running carbon?
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:11 PM   #32
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If there are living inverts in the tank (bristle worms), there's no danger from copper.
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If there are living inverts in the tank (bristle worms), there's no danger from copper.
None of the inverts left according to him.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:40 PM   #34
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I must have missed that. Then I suppose a 20 dollar investment in a salifert copper kit wouldn't hurt.
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Forgot, when I purchased the tank he also had two red legged hermit crabs. My son has those in his tank now as I did not want the crabs and he already had. Copper test is on its way none the less. Very minimal carbon use right now. Sand bed is 3-4" deep. Also to just mix another question in, would the addition of a phosphate reactor be a good idea with a lawnmower blenny? I have read of some people having one with a lawnmower but would that not wipe out its food source?
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:03 AM   #36
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Most of the house plumbing today are made of copper. I wonder if ro/di or just an ro unit can filter out the copper element.
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Algae blennies are omnivores, meaning, they will learn to eat prepared foods. You can also supplement nori. If hermit crabs were living in this tank, I would say there's no lethal amount of copper.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:54 PM   #38
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So here are some new reading. Tipped the tank right off as I didn't realize how much it could affect the numbers when it is almost ready to top up. Will have to do smaller daily top ups.

Kh. 11.2
Calcium 360
Magnesium 920

Although low for cal and mag would it be enough o kill the corals off? Also are six t5ho bulbs too much and perhaps killing the coral. The fish store had metal halides so I can't see mine being brighter.

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No to both. Low calcium and mag will not kill corals, and neither will somewhat less intense lighting, short term.
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Sigh. So far all I can figure then is copper yet the hermits were living. I hope that test doesn't take too long to get here cause I am stumped. All of my parameters seem ok yet coral seemed to have no chance.
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