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Copper pieces in Eco Complete?

At each of the last two water changes I found a small piece (about 1cm long) of copper (with green verdigris) in my Eco Complete substrate. Both were oddly shaped, so I don't think it was a piece of wire. Anyone else found copper in their Eco? The substrate went in about 2 months ago and I haven't done any kind of wiring over the tank, so I definitely think it came with the Eco. I don't think it would be enough to bother the plants with the size tank I have and weekly water changes, but still an odd find.

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I have never seen it in mine. Its possible i guess though since I believe eco is just mined out of the earth.
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I have not noticed that with mine....and I picked though a lot of Eco Complete this past weekend.

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It was pretty obvious - the bright green of oxidized copper sure sticks out against the black Eco. Maybe I just got a bag that caught a few scraps from somewhere. If the price of copper keeps going up, maybe I'll mine my tank and sell the copper . . .

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Woah, seriously?

Makes me want to drag a magnet through my eco just to check. Huh... You have snails or shrimp alive in your tanks Kevin?


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I moved some snails with me, and a few survived (MTS). Not sure if they are still around - haven't seen them lately. I'll have to look a little more closely. No shrimp though.

Each piece was less than half an inch long and less than 1/8" in any other direction, so it really wasn't that much copper spread across a 72 gallon tank.

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The little copper pieces may be brass staples or clips. But I wouldn't be able to say without seeing them. It's possible they are from packaging when the Eco was all shipped either on a pallet or in crate boxes. They may have poked through into a bag or two. Just a thought.

Also, just so you know, JenThePlantGeek the little copper pieces would be non-magnetic so if they're there you'll have to dig to find them.
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I, too, have noticed little "slivers" of some kind of metal in my eco-complete. It appears to be aluminum, in my case, anyway. I always pick them out as I see them. And truly, I've only ever spotted 2 of these slivers so far, after only 6 months or so, so I doubt it's a big deal. I've never really thought much of it, but since you made this thread, I thought I'd chime in.
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