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Thread: Copper

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    Question Copper

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    Hi All,

    I am currently researching converting my FW aquarium into a salt water reef aquarium, all appeared well until I read something about copper. I understand that if you have had a lot of copper in your tank it renders it useless, if you want a coral reef. Here's the thing, I had a bit of white-spot a few weeks ago, and I completed a 4 day course of Protozin, which as I am sure you know, contains copper sulphate (93mg/l). My tank has literally only seen the 4 doses, (25ml each), so my tank has had 9.3mg of copper. Is that going to be enough to mess me up, or will I get away with that?

    Thanks in Advance for your help/advice


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    The only place any copper might still be hanging out it in the silicone.
    Is it blue?
    If not, I'd not worry about it.

    If you do intend on worrying about it anyway, there are a couple of copper removing products on the market.
    One is Poly-Bio Marine's Poly Filter.

    Run about 1/3 of the pad inside your filter while you cycle the tank. Toss it, if it turns blue, then use the next 1/3. My expectation is it will turn brownisn from nitrogen products.

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    Thanks for the reply,

    The silicone is black,I cant see any trace of blue at all. Obviously when I added the protozin, the whole tank turned blue, but obviously that went away after an hour. Is there a test I can do which will tell me if its an issue, or are the quantities we are talking too small?

    BTW I forgot to mention my tank is a 240L

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