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Old 01-26-2006, 10:48 AM   #21
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Sorry for the late reply....

The ammonia issue can be linked to the copper use, either the biofilter is degraded or the ammonia test kit is being affected by the copper. Which ammonia kit are you using and how are you performing the test? If available to you, Seachems ammonia alert badge works well and helps prevent false readings.

As far as when you should do a water change, anything above 0.1 NH3 means a good sized water change. Also ensure you dose the new SW with copper before doing the water change. This helps keep the copper concentration at optimal levels rather than diluting the QT water and trying to "guess" how to elevate it after the fact.

RE: the copper level, what test kit are you using? Coppersafe should read 1.5-2.0 ppm

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The Copper Test Kit we have is made by Marine Enterprises, The Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, and PH Test kit is made by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, we fill the tube to the line and add 8 drops of Ammonia Test 1, then add 8 drops of Ammonia Test 2 solution, cap and shake.


Do you have any input on the white spots that on the Bfly?

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Not sure about the white spots, especially since you state they are clear. It could be an adverse affect to the copper. Usually you want to ease them into a copper treatment by starting off with a half-dose and then gradually upping the treatment to a full dosage. Even then I don't recommend a full dose as you can treat very effectively with a 1/2 or 3/4 dose. Good luck with the butterfly.
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The white spots arn't clear... The Fin's are clear. The white spots are... White!

I did notice today that there are less spots on his tail fin this morning then there were yesterday. Hopefully that means its going away.

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I am happy to report that the white spots are going away. There are only about 3-4 spots left!

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