Urgent help needed copper treated

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  1. Heni

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    I want to know if u got a fish only tank that was heavily dosed with copper can u re use the rock and aragonite again in a reef setup?
     
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    Everything I've read says once it's touched copper it should never go into a reef setup.
     
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    Big no no!
     
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    thanks guys
     
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    I've even heard people go as far as saying that copper based medicine can even sip into the silicone .. in other words a tank that is used for copper treatment should not be used to house any inverts or corals after
     
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    has the silicone turned blue ?
     
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    And skimmers etc?
     
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    the reason y I'm asking is when we buy from the forum stuff like decorations ,araganite we don't really know the history of the stuff and can we get away with washing it,but what iv gathered I wouldend try it,beta start fresh
     
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    I do hope that members selling marine equipment would state if coper was used.
    I have seen in a few for sale threads that members specify coper was used.
     
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    personally I would not use any equipment in my tank that has been in contact with copper based medicines.. here in Swaziland we have a quarantine tank that we share between the three of us reefers and it consists of a 60l tank... a hang in the back filter and a small skimmer.. the whole set up cost less than 1000 rand for all brand new equipment (thanks to @rigby ... he was the one who bought the stuff) and it really helps when one of us wants to treat a sick fish or even just quarantine a new fish for few days.
     
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    Yes another myth that fears the life out of every Aquariust.

    Copper, in an elivated form is used as a medication. It is also considered toxic. Or is it?
    Copper is present in all sea water and the level depends on the area the sample is collected.

    The use of equipment like skimmers, reactors, pumps etc that have been subjected to copper treatment is erelivant. The amount of copper that might bind to any of the surfaces will be minimal.

    The use of rocks and substrates that have been subjected to copper are no more dangerous than they are releasing phosphates. Both copper and phosphate bind to the calcium carbonate. I simple acid dip will desolve the outer calcium layer releasing both Cu and PO4.

    Something of interest to read for the sceptics.

    http://www.chemet.com/file.asp?F=Copper+and+the+Ocean+Environment1.PDF&N=Copper+and+the+Ocean+Environment1.PDF&C=articles
     
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    YES.

    Would recommend treating first though.
     
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