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Old 09-30-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Dosing with Cupramine

I'm getting ready to give my QT a dose of cupramine. Most have advised to get a copper test kit to carefully watch the levels. Problem is, I can't find one! I've looked at petsmart and Petco.

Can someone please tell me exactly what I'm looking for. Is it something I can get at the hardware store or is it aquarium specific?
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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It's aquarium specific. If you can't find it retail then check marine depot.com or bulkreefsupply.com.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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So I finally got my copper test kit and am ready to give them a dose of cupramine. I am only treating a blue devil damsel (exposed to the ich 2 months ago, but never showed any symptoms) and a bicolor blenny that I just got 3 weeks ago and have been quarrantining along side the blue devil. Neither has shown any signs of sickness. My DT has now been fallow for 9 weeks, so I am looking forward to moving fish back over to it.

My quetion is, how long long do the fish stay in QT after I dose the cupramine? (I'm already finished witht he prazipro)
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:39 PM   #4
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Bad news: another round of ich! Good news: I've had a sponge filter down in my sump for about 2 months so setting up the hospital tank was fairly easy. I set it up with the air tubing and put in a 20 gallon tank. Filled about half with water from my main tank and the rest with fresh RODI water.

I've only got 3 fish. 1 was easy to catch. It had the ich and died shortly after the transfer. The other 2 are impossible to catch. Another is so fast and I've got so much rock, I can't get to him. The bicolor blenny runs straight to his hole in his rock any time I approach the tank. I have picked up that rock shook it and I can't get him out! Finally I just moved him rock and all to the hospital tank. I'm hoping that when he comes out for food I can grab the rock and remove it. No luck on that yet and it has been 4 days. Thankfully he isn't showing any signs of ich so I'm not in a huge rush to treat him.

I used this tank with the last go round back in sept-nov. I treated fish w copper. Once I moved the fish back to the display I drained the hospital tank left sitting outside for a few months until I needed it again. I cleaned it out w bleach and rinsed it well. dried it out and now have set up as described above. I have 2 plastic huts/rocks for the fish to hide in. They went through the first copper treatment, sat outside, got cleaned too.

Now to my question: could any copper still be in the seals of that tank or in the plastic huts/rocks? After I put the live rock and blenny in, it occurred to me that might be a no-no. I was planning to move that live rock back to the DT once the blenny comes out. I know better than to treat with any meds while it is in there, but I'm wondering if the rock has been exposed in any way. I also stuck a power head in there. Wondering if either can go back to DT eventually?
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:40 PM   #5
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Seachem makes a copper remover called cuprisorb which will remove copper from the tank.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:39 PM   #6
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I'm not worried about the tank itself. I'm wondering if there were any trace amounts that could have been in the silicone and now in the power head and live rock
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