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Will plants reduce copper?

Will the Aquarium plants slowly reduce the copper level?

I see some dead snails in my aquarium form time to time and I wonder if its the copper levels.

I am wondering why certain fertilizers have copper? Are they a required trace element or an accident do to the copper piles at the perhaps the factory that makes the stuff?

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Activated carbon should absorb copper.
Have you recently medicated the tank?


Copper is a trace element usually .0032% to .0001%
Just checked my CSM+B dose it is .0028ppm of Cu.


I believe these low levels are rated invert safe.


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Activated carbon should absorb copper.
Have you recently medicated the tank?


Copper is a trace element usually .0032% to .0001%
Just checked my CSM+B dose it is .0028ppm of Cu.


I believe these low levels are rated invert safe.

I put a root tablet in that was design for a pond. One of the ingredients was copper. I am wondering why is this included if there are no benefits to plants but puts all your invertebrates at risk .
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I checked some resource materials this morning.


Cu is listed as one of 17 elements required to promote plant growth.
It is a component of enzymes for electron transport and other oxidation reduction reactions.
Fe is also listed as the same.


We dose much more Fe than we would Cu of course.


Cu is a trace element only provided in minute quantity.
Becoming more toxic as levels increase.


What are the copper levels in these pond tablets?


I doubt they just added a shovel full from the copper pile.


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I checked some resource materials this morning.


Cu is listed as one of 17 elements required to promote plant growth.
It is a component of enzymes for electron transport and other oxidation reduction reactions.
Fe is also listed as the same.


We dose much more Fe than we would Cu of course.


Cu is a trace element only provided in minute quantity.
Becoming more toxic as levels increase.


What are the copper levels in these pond tablets?


I doubt they just added a shovel full from the copper pile.
0.05% Copper.
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The amount leached from those root tabs would be hardly in snail-killing amounts unless you are very lazy with weekly water changes or are using too many root tablets too close to the surface of the substrate.

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The amount leached from those root tabs would be hardly in snail-killing amounts unless you are very lazy with weekly water changes or are using too many root tablets too close to the surface of the substrate.

I am very lazy with the water changes however I only put in 1 tablet for the 55 gallon aquarium and buried it as deep as I could
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That would not cause problems.

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