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Old 06-29-2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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Copper @ 1ppm


So after loosing all inverts I have tried in my two cycled tanks, I decided to test for copper. Straight out of the tap my copper reading was 1ppm. Am I doomed to not keep inverts?

I am not able to buy a RO unit, so that would not be an option for me at this point. Is there any reliable treatment for copper so that I could at least keep some Ramshorns/MTS or RCS?
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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yup, doomed. You can buy RO water or distilled water from the grocery store.

You can check your city's waterworks' website for water parameters.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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Prime dechlorinator gets rid of heavy metals. There are more out there than that, that's what I use though.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:41 PM   #4
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Hmmm I use prime. Maybe I will have to treat the water then check again.

If I buy RO or Distilled water will I have to remineralize it? My fish are all happy so I don't want to change too much. Worst case just no inverts for me...booooooo!
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:01 PM   #5
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Pull some tap into a sample container. Test and verify copper is present. Treat with Prime and retest to verify Copper has been neutralized. Sleep at night.

Yes, RO and DI will have to be remineralized before use, and there are many products available for this purpose.
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:04 PM   #6
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Ok thanks! I will retest after prime
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:16 PM   #7
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Prime won't remove anything so your test won't tell you anything about whether or not the prime is detoxifying the copper. According to Seachem it won't really do anyhting to detox that much copper. Here is a quote from a seachem rep on another forum:

"Hello thanks for the question. The important thing to remember is that the primary functions of Prime are to detoxify chlorine, chloramine, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. While it will also help to detoxify heavy metals, this is more of a side effect and may not be the most effective means for you. Because Prime will preferentially bind with the other mentioned compounds, it is hard to say how much of any available heavy metals will be detoxified. An RO unit is a much more effective means of removing any heavy metals instead of relying on Prime to remove some of them. With Prime, it is really just an added benefit that any Prime that is active after detoxifying chlorine, chloramine, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate will then detoxify as many heavy metal ions as well."
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:02 PM   #8
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Most drug stores and super markets have ro machines outside that dispense water for 25-35 cents per gallon. The ones I use are big blue glacier brand ending machines.
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Ok thanks for the info! I will look into RO...worst case I will just be invert-less

I had no idea you could get it at the drugstore or supermarket! I will have to look around next time! Dumb question, but how do you bring it home? Old gallon jugs?
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:27 PM   #10
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I use the vending machines. When I needed to go cheap, I used $3 plastic buckets from the hardware store and brought home 5 gallons at a time. I still do it the same way but I've swapped my buckets for the nice 5 gallon drinking water containers that have handles and screw on caps.
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What did you use to test for copper?
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:06 AM   #12
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isnt that amount unhealthy also for humans ?
i bet your test is off. try testing rain water.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:54 PM   #13
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I used the API drop test. This one....
Amazon.com: API Copper Test Kit: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: API Copper Test Kit: Pet Supplies

It has rained a lot so I will test again with rain water, my tankwater, and tap water, well actually we have well water. I will also see if I can find the analysis of our well water from when we bought the property. It was 3 years ago though so idk how much it could have changed.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:59 AM   #14
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If your well is like many others and your house is older (pre 1980), there is probably an exterior tap before it enters the house. Check there and at your tap to note differences, as usually well piping is newer than the house's system (and therefore PVC, not standard copper or iron pipes)

Off kilter comment: I just noticed you are from Pottstown. I spent a great deal of my life in Reading, and I dearly miss cruise nights there when it was still 4 lanes.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:13 PM   #15
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Make sure you also let your water run for several minutes in order to clear out any water that has been hanging it the pipes. Run the water until it becomes significantly cooler. This would reduce the amount of minerals from pipes.
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