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bigGulp
01-23-2012, 03:52 PM
Hey,
I recently had some velvet in my 46 gallon platy tank. I treated with coppersafe, but that may have been a bad deal from what I read after the fact. A couple questions I have:

1. Will I be able to ever make it a planted aquarium?
2. What does it take to get ALL of the coppersafe out? I know I need water changes, but how many? Will Carbon help?

Stlouisfish
01-23-2012, 05:19 PM
From what I've read here, water changes always help, but putting in some carbon for a month will absorb meds too. I see no reason why you wouldn't be able to add plants.

Dave66
01-23-2012, 05:21 PM
One, excess copper prevents crustaceans, including beneficial ones like copepods, and FW shrimp that are so popular these days, from living in your tank. Plants should not be affected. Yes, carbon will remove the meds, get the highest grade carbon you can find, and change it out after three months.

Dave

Stlouisfish
01-23-2012, 06:39 PM
Dave, I thought carbon doesn't last in effectiveness past 1 month?

Dave66
01-23-2012, 07:34 PM
High quality carbon does last that long. Stuff you buy in shops clogs up within a month. If you want, I can PM you with the brand of quality carbon.

Dave

Stlouisfish
01-23-2012, 07:40 PM
Sure - never know when I might need it- Thanks!

bigGulp
01-23-2012, 08:14 PM
High quality carbon does last that long. Stuff you buy in shops clogs up within a month. If you want, I can PM you with the brand of quality carbon.

Dave
I would be interested too

Dave66
01-23-2012, 10:52 PM
PMs sent X2.

Dave

smaug
01-23-2012, 10:59 PM
Why not grace us all with the brand carbon that's best Davy?
Op. The true trouble with cu is its persistance in porous items such as gravel and wood. While cu is easily removable from the water column it is the cu absorbed that stays with the tank. I'm unaware of its affect on plants as I have never used it in any tank but a barebottom.

Dave66
01-23-2012, 11:01 PM
Because I don't like putting brand names in posts, since I don't want to advertise.

Dave

jpt145
04-21-2012, 05:37 AM
Whaaaaa? If you have a product that works, by all means POST!

dbosman
04-22-2012, 05:53 PM
The adage "the solution to pollution is dilution" applies to copper based meds. Water changes will remove enough of the copper. You don't have to get it all out, just most. Two 90% changes should be sufficient to stop worrying about it.

Poly Bio Marine's "Poly Filter" will suck copper out of the water quite nicely if you want insurance.

Dave66
04-22-2012, 06:00 PM
The copper bounds with the gravel, decorations, silicone, etc. in the tank. Water changes won't get totally rid of it, and the OP will still be unable to keep inverts in their tank.

Do agree about the poly filter though, since it'll remove whatever you have too much of dissolved in your tank.

Dave