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Question Copper Plumbing In House

Should I, or anyone else, be concerned about having copper plumbing affecting our household tap-water for use in topping off or filling up our tanks?

I'm asking because the snails in the tank don't seem to mind the de-chlorinated tap-water but if I ever get red cherry shrimp I would like to know.
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I'd also like to know the answer to this question. I have copper plumbings in the shower that I use to fill up my fish tanks.
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If you let the water run for a few minutes to clear the water sitting in the lines, it should be fine. If your pH is low out of the tap it is more of a concern, the lower the pH the more it leeches out the copper. I had this issue in the last house I lived in. We had natural ground fed water so it was super low pH and super soft, like 5.5 out of the tap. As long as we left it running for 2-3 minutes it was good to drink, and fine for the fish. And showering in it was nice
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As said above unless you have quite soft water is should not be a problem. Also if your water supplier doses any corrosion inhibitors such as orthophosphate/polyphoshate then there is really no worry. You can find out from your water supplier.


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Doesnt everyone have copper water pipes? Sometimes we think too much, if you are that worried by an RO sytem.
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Not everybody. And water softness can make a differance! Example, the municipality I work for years ago upgraded a wAter plant to a membrane softening plant (RO). When it went online, here were many many homeowners who had at home water aoftener systems. Within a year, all of their home had to be repiped, because the incredably soft water corrode the copper away.

Rare, but it can happen.

And it is not very rare to have routine lead and copper samples come back with a MCL violation (exceedance).


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Not everybody. And water softness can make a differance! Example, the municipality I work for years ago upgraded a wAter plant to a membrane softening plant (RO). When it went online, here were many many homeowners who had at home water aoftener systems. Within a year, all of their home had to be repiped, because the incredably soft water corrode the copper away.

Rare, but it can happen.

And it is not very rare to have routine lead and copper samples come back with a MCL violation (exceedance).
Home water softeners do not actually soften the water... They replace calcium with sodium. THey're bad for plants, btw.

Copper pipes are of NO concern to anyone. The only thing that will ever kill your fish is high toxicity copper medications. I promise.
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Just an FYI. Copper is an amazing metal because bacteria cannot colonize on it.
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