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Old 06-10-2004, 10:13 AM   #1
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is my old FW tank safe for SW?

I was told that if I'd ever used any kind of copper medication (like malachite green, in my case) in a tank, that the copper would remain behind, and be deadly toxic to any invertebrates (and corals?) I tried to keep.

The bottom silicone in the tank is indeed stained with malachite green, from a 6 day ich treatment.

Is my tank a deathzone to inverts? I'm totally new to SW, and plan to eventually add a few inverts (whatever I can have with 4wpg of power compacts over a 29gallon).

Thanks for any info you can provide.
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Old 06-10-2004, 01:30 PM   #2
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Personally I'd play it safe and not use that tank.. you can always save it as a hospital tank if you need to use meds again.
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Old 06-10-2004, 01:34 PM   #3
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I'll 2nd that.
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Old 06-10-2004, 01:57 PM   #4
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Me 3! Why take the chance. You can come by a 29g pretty cheap.
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Old 06-10-2004, 03:31 PM   #5
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Well if there is a chance of copper poisoning, then no I'm not going to risk it. If there wasn't a risk I wasn't going to buy another tank I didn't really need.

Thanks for the 2nd opinion. I'll be back with more questions soon enough, but not until I've read the 2 books that'll arrive tomorrow. One's some Saltwater Aquarium: step by step guid, and the other is the well known Conscientious Marine Aquarist (I could be totally wrong about both titles, but they were recommened by every site I asked on)
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Old 06-11-2004, 03:10 AM   #6
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you may be happier in the long run, you can get a 55-75g so cheap these days, with some shopping around...you'd be really limited in fish types and quantity in a 29g sw also the tank will be more stable and easier to maintain in a 55+ g
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Unfortunately I severly lack room for a 55gallon. I currently have a 75gallon planted tank on the first floor of our 100+ year old home... and the only place to put a 55gallon is in the same room, and I won't because of the weight.

I know 29gallons is kind of the smallest size tank i can go with that won't be a nightmare to maintain good water quality. That's why I'm considering a sump/refugiem setup. I have a spare 5 gallon tank, but I'm guessing I shouldn't bother unless I get a 10gallon sump right?

I know I'll only be able to have a couple small fish, but that's ok. I'm mainly in to planted FW tanks...so this 29 is really just an initiall stepping stone. In the long run, I could end up converting my 75 to SW in a few years, and resell all that fluorite to afford LR
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A 5 gal sump would help some. A 10 gal would be much better. I would make it as large as possible. My sump take up the entire cabinet below. But I have other equip stored in my powder room converted to a fish room.
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and the only place to put a 55gallon is in the same room, and I won't because of the weight.
100yr old houses are built better if anything! really, 500lb is only 2-3 men standing in one spot...I wouldn't be concerned about that even with the 75 in the room...would you worry about 7-8 people standing in the room?

also, there must be a way to sterilize / clean that 29g you have...try some solvent with a rag, or you could recaulk the tank...i feel the tank is reusable, but if you're going to buy, I'd buy bigger!
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I know I'll only be able to have a couple small fish, but that's ok. I'm mainly in to planted FW tanks...so this 29 is really just an initiall stepping stone. In the long run, I could end up converting my 75 to SW in a few years, and resell all that fluorite to afford LR
I doubt you'll be able to wait that long to upgrade... it only took me a couple of weeks and im tired of my 30 gallon, I then bought a 65 which should last me for a while. It is rather costly, the price to maintain from 30 gallon to a 65 more than tripples if not four folds... but it's all worth it... you have everyone here to support u with all your questions and suggestions on where to buy the high quality stuff for cheap.

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