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Old 03-01-2008, 08:09 PM   #1
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cycling up need advice !

i want to do a fowlr tank but some people are tellin me not to do it cause if a fish gets sic and i use meds they all contain cooper so the lr will die also whats the best temp and reading on the hydrometer and what should i cycle with also i have no plans on gettin a QT ANY COMMENTS WILL HELP THANX

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Only copper treatments contain copper. Other medications don't. If you're truly going FOWLR with no intent on ever getting corals, or having any shrimp, crabs, or snails in your tank, then you can use copper in your main. Copper in your main tank will kill any of those things. Copper will not "kill" the live rock, but many antibiotics that you might use would kill off the bacterial populations that will live on your live rock.

The best thing to do is invest a big whoppin $50 for a quarantine tank setup (10g tank, heater, biowheel) and use it. Not only will it help you avoid putting diseased fish into your tank, it gives you a place to treat them if they get sick, without messing up your main tank.

{Edit: Just realized that using copper in your main tank, with rock and sand, is a problem because the calcium based rock and sand will absorb the copper making it nearly impossible to keep stable levels of the copper solution in your water. That why you usually use it in a bare QT with no rock or sand. }
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Excellent point Kurt!

$50 for a 10QT tank and you save yourself a lot of headache down the road. You don't even have to have it up and running all the time. That is the nice thing about a 10g tank they are fairly easy to store.
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