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Old 03-02-2012, 09:53 AM   #11
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I would treat the new additions in a hypo qt for 6 weeks instead of copper. It will kill ick just as good as copper and you won't have to worry about getting copper in your dt.
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Why don't you just wait and see if any of the new fish have any problems before you worry about them . Just keep any eye on the newbies and don't worry about it. As for the cooper just drip the fish before you put them back in the dt I would think the little amount of cooper that you would get in the dt would be negligible in a large amount of water.
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Back to your original question tho - how to NOT transfer some of that copper to your DT. I've been thinking about this as well, just to come up with a bullet-proof protocol for any new introductions. How to prevent untrusted water getting in?

My thinking, happy to be corrected:
- Drip acclimate like mentioned earlier, double the volume, throw away half, double, toss, etc.
- When fully acclimated, transfer to another container full of JUST DT water by net or hand - minimizing water transfer.
- Give it some time there, then again transfer by net or hand to DT.

Sound reasonable?

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That's what i was thinking don
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you guys are way over thinking this copper thing.If your netting after acclimation your talking about a couple of drops of water in gallons and gallons.
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I would rather be safe than sorry

Anyways, I have done this. Drip acclimated, doubled the water, emptied half, double it back up. Hand caught the fish and put them in a bowl of tank water for about 10 minutes. Then hand caught them and put them in the DT.
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