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Old 04-20-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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Question 125 gallon treated with copper

I have the opportunity to purchase a 125 gallon tank. I currently have a peaceful reef tank and I know that copper treatment is a huge NO NO for my type of tank. However, Now that we are addicted to this hobby, my husband wants an aggressive tank.
This tank has an eel and two puffers(box and dog face) and one huge hermit crab, that is it. I knew to ask about the tank being treated from AA. She said yes, about a year ago. Nothing on the rock is growing, I am not sure if this is normal for rock in a FO tank, so I don't know if I would call it LR. It has a nice filtration, pump system and deep sand bed that the eel moves around. Admittedly I have not done research on this type of tank but she is moving soon and is desperate to sell. The only thing we might add would be a large trigger fish (something big enough the eel would not eat).
Does the copper treatment make this tank a no purchase if it will only be for fish?
Are there other questions I should ask her?
What are your thoughts?
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:34 PM   #2
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You should be ok for a fish only tank. I wonder about the eel.

"Copper is NOT invert, coral, live rock or reef safe, and some fish are copper sensitive, such as scaleless species, and they should not be exposed to it either. Copper should not be used in a saltwater aquarium unless it is a fish-only tank, and intended to stay that way."
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:58 PM   #3
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Thank you for the quick response! The eel looks very healthy. She feeds him uncooked shrimp (the kind we eat) chopped up with the shell on. I am scared of him he is VERY aggressive, my husband thinks he is great. The poor box puffer stays on his side of the tank only. I think out of fear. The eel is about 3 years old as is the tank. He is about 3 foot long. He is a Honeycomb Moray, she said that is a more rare kind, I don't know a thing about them.
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IMO you should be OK as long as you dont have any inverts or corals. Have you tested for copper?
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I think puffers are scaleless aren't they?
You can look into:
Aquarium Chemical Filter Media: Bio Chem Zorb
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Aquarium Water Quality: Poly Filters Filter Media
this one tells you what is being removed, by the change in color.
I would also keep purigen in there after you get the copper levels down.
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These look great and if we get the tank, I will be getting those. Now, if you use those products will I be able to introduce a few pieces of live rock? To, overtime, make it all live rock? Or will that new LR I put in die? I guess I just don't like the barren look of the tank. I am used to my reef tank, even new it has more growth.
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I guess it really depends on how much of the copper you can get out of the tank. Inverts might not do so well. I would get a copper test and see what the reading is.
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I will ask her if she can test it for me? I know she has one invert in there now. It is the biggest hermit crab I have ever seen, about a small fist size, and he is doing fine. The only thing that has survived the eel, I am sure.
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Do the test for copper. Copper can leach from the rock that is in there now back into the water column. Add a poly filter to the sump. I use one 24/7 replacing it monthly.
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Does anyone know where I could sell this Honeyconmb Eel? I don't think I want it, because he scares me. He ate the Box puffer this week.
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