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Old 10-10-2006, 12:22 PM   #1
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Copper Meds Question

I have a 60 gal FOWLR that has been running for about 6 months and i had a serious parasite infestation that in turn killed all of my fish. I have been administering the meds like specified on the instructions and now have 1 new fish so far. Will the copper kill my live rock or the hermit crabs?
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What is the product you are using? If it is copper based, your LR and inverts might not make it.
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IT is definately copper based and I have been running it for a month now with no deaths thus far. Im just paranoid about loosing more fish to parasites.
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Hmmm, copper will soak into anything it can and will leech out later. Any chance you can get a QT? What is the product? What type of parasite was it?
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It was a small white spot on some fish, and my jawfish had a white haze over its eye. I cant remember right now what brand it is but it was recommended by a lfs that specializes in saltwater only. I am setting up a QT tank today and am going to use it for all future purchases. Will it be sufficient enough just putting the new arrivals in a qt tank for the first three weeks, or will there be a chance of returning parasites. I am also running a 9 watt UV which I have been told is not enough for 60 gal.
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The jaw fish sounds like it could have had a bacterial infection.
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It was a small white spot on some fish
One spot, did they fall off and come back with more?
If it was ich, you will have to leave the main tank fallow for 8 weeks to break the cycle.
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I dont know about falling off but my trigger had several of the salt sized spots on it and then lost its color and then died. This was pretty much the same for all of my fish. Most of them wouldnt eat either. they would just pull the food into their mouths and spit it out like it hurt to eat or something. Is that ich or someting else?
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If it was salt grain sized, yes that is ick. You should never add copper to your main as it will have problems in the future with copper leaking in your tank. It most assuredly will never get to be a reef tank.
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Do you have a test kit? Fish losing color could also be ammonia poisioning. The white salt like specks sounds like ich. Not sure about the copper and how long you would need to leave the tank fishless, if at all. I have never had ich.
How often do you do PWCs? Any chance you can update "my info" with your tank/equipment/critters, so we can help you better?
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