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Old 10-25-2008, 06:28 PM   #11
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Wow, sorry to hear about what's going on. There is some great advice being offered. That tang wouldn't have been happy in that sized tank.
Now that you have used copper, you will not be able to add inverts at all, like snails, shrimp, crabs, stars or corals. The life on your rock may be limited too. You should set up a QT for your fish ans treat them with hyposalinity and should never treat your main with meds.
With that being said, you can try something like this:
Aquarium Water Quality: Poly Filters Filter Media
In the hopes that it will absorb the copper after you are finished with your treatment.
Hang in there and we will help any way we can.
I would also buy a copper test.
Yeah, I was planning on getting a starfish in the future, but if I cant get the copper out, I probably won't try it.

Whats weird is I ordered a copper test kit the begining of this week and got it today, and I know the color is really hard to read, but it looks like its at 0.
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What kind of test are you using?
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:49 PM   #13
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API Copper test kit.

10 drops and a 5ml glass vile.

The copper was Seachem Cupramine Buffered Active Copper.

It says on the back:

"Cupramine is superior to copper sulfate, chloride and citrate: it is non-acidic, less toxic to fish, remains in solution, and does not contaminate the filter bed. It is fully charged (ionic), and active at low concentration, and is removable with carbon."
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:37 PM   #14
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Look into bio-spira. Normally I don't recommend these types of products, but in your case, IF you can get a good bottle, it might come in handy.
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Use a polyfilter for immediate removal and GFO (Granular Ferric Oxide) carbon and/or Cuprisorb for longterm maintenance for copper removal.
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You are using the wrong test kit. The API copper test kit is for chelated copper, such as Copper Safe. Cupramine is non-chelated copper.
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Yup... what he said. Get the Seachem copper test - that'll work for ya.
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Will this Instant Ocean one work? I read some reviews that the Seachem is not very easy to perform/read either.

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Man, sorry to hear about that. Who advocated cycling your tank with just live sand? Live sand really is a con in my opinion, unless you get it straight out of an active tank.

In any case, if your LFS won't keep the fish longer than two weeks take that time and set up a QT tank. I set up a ten galon one for about 50 bucks. Get a cheap sponge filter and run it in your main so that it can pick up some starter bacteria for those two weeks then plop it in the QT with a small PH and heater and viola! Don't forget an air pump for the filter. Your fish should be alright in there for a few weeks. I just fininshed a 4 week quarantine on a PBT in my 10 gal with no problems, I am sure your remaining fish are smaller than he was.
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Will this Instant Ocean one work? I read some reviews that the Seachem is not very easy to perform/read either.

Amazon.com: Aquarium Systems Copper Test Kit: Home & Garden


Looking at the specs for the Instant Ocean one, looks like it will work with cupramine. I've used the Seachem copper test it, and didn't find anything difficult about it.
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