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Fertz Recommendations ?Copper Free Fertz?

Hi I am looking for recommendations on fertz. plus opinions on Copper in them.
I just picked up some Flourish Comprehensive (thinking of returning asit's still unopened) and see it has a small amount of copper. I recently read that German Blue Rams are sensitive to copper and I know inverts are as well. So should I avoid any copper since I have these? I recently lost my last shrimp shortly after adding flourish tabs so I am a little concerned the fertz are the culprit. I hadn't been dosing fertz in my 55 gal that I set up at the beginning of Jan. due to using eco-complete and not wanting to feed algae. Which I've had my fare share of. It has seemed to slow down substantially now. I just put a bunch of new plants in and want to maximize growth and color. I had been running 108 watts T5s and can potentially run another 108 watts if desired. I also dose Excel.
Just ran tests parameters are as follows:
pH 7.5
KH 3
GH 4
Nitrates 15ppm
Phosphates 1.0 ppm
0 Ammonia
0 Nitrites

Have the following plants if it matters to you.
Anubias barteri
Bacopa caroliniana
Ceratophyllum demersum
Cryptocoryne
Echinodorus argentinensis
Echinodorus uruguayensis
Eleocharis acicularis
Hygrophila difformis
Hygrophyla corymbosa stricta
Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
Limnophila palustris or sessiliflora (looks more like palustris)
Ludwigia repens
Microsorium pteropus
Rotala roundifolia
Sagittaria subulata
Vallisneria americana


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I use Flourish Comprehensive in tanks with my breeding trio of German rams, breeding colony of Cherry shrimp, and my display tank with Amano shrimp.

Inverts and fish do need some Copper in their water for their health. The amt. of Copper in Flourish Comprehensive is so small it's a non-issue are recommended dosage.

Treatmets to kill snails are .01% I believe Flourish Comprehensive is .0001%

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Copper is only toxic when overdosed. Ferts don't provide toxic levels.


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Great to know! Thank you.
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