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Old 08-30-2009, 03:57 PM   #11
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I cant remember what it was but I know someone posted something that will take alot of the copper out or will do something to negate it`s properties. Maybe someone knows what it is. I think James (innovator) brought it up before. But at least you learned rule number one. Never treat your main with copper. You recieved some very bad advice on that one. Only treat copper in a QT. OK lesson learned. Hopefully someone will post that chemical substance.
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Old 08-30-2009, 03:57 PM   #12
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You should run some carbon in your HOB to help get the copper out of the system.
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im going to put some fresh carbon
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Cuprisorb. GAC is said to remove heavy metals (copper) very slowly over time. You need to remove/replace the GAC very frequently to prevent the possibility of it leeching back into the water.

IME: If you plan on having inverts or a reef I'd tear the whole thing down and start over. Your rock has likely absorbed some of the cooper and will release it over time. As with the sand bed and possibly the silicon in sealing the tank.

I'm not sure that copper kills the bacteria colony. If it did, how would one ever treat with it; even in QT?
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That copper is really nasty stuff and should be left for use only in a dedicated medicinal hospital tank.
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so the brown stuff is algea because the good bacteria is dying? I have a little brown growing on my sand and the glass. should i suck it out? What to do? I think its in a beginning stage. anyone have this issue and resolved it?
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It's probably diatoms and will burn themselves out. If you're not using RO water it could get pretty heavy but nothing to really worry about. If you have a CUC they should pretty much keep under control.
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The brown stuff is probably algae but likely has nothing to do with your bacteria. Again, I don't think the bacteria is effected by copper treatment. Could be wrong but if that was the case then how could you treat in QT with Copper w/o 'uncycling' your tank No?

Anyway, the brown stuff sounds like diatoms (esp on the sand). Hard to tell without a picture. Yes you can suck it out.

How old is the tank?
BTW: You can tell if your bacteria is dead by doing water changes.. Ammon ia (first) and nitrite will start showing up.

What did u treat with? Product name
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I just did a test and am:0, nitrite:0, nitrate is a little high between 30 and 40 ppm. tank is relatively new, about 2 months. dont treat w/ anything.
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Diatoms, you need to get the nitrates down. Are you using RO or tap water?
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