copper death

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  1. smalljerm

    smalljerm O. bimaculoides Registered

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    hey, i would like to know if lets say there are traces of copper in my tank, how long would it take for the cuttlefish to be affected by it and die?
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    This fully depends on exposure, (concentration vs duration). In general terms it has been shown that the 96-hour LC50 for mollusks and crustaceans is 28–39 µg/l, with sublethal effects occurring at 1–10 µg/l. Is there a specific worry w.r.t. your cuttle?

    PS: LC50 is the concentration at which 50% of a given population of (aquatic) species dies, in this case after 96 hours of exposure.
     
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    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    Any tank that has been exposed to copper should not be used for a mollusk of any type.

    Why would you want to condemn an animal to a slow death? I don't understand the reasoning behind this question.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Greg, I think he is looking for an answer as to what might have happened, not would could happen.
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    one of our large octopus died in his tank (3000L) with only a small piece of copper wire in it (electrician had been working over the tank) took about 5-6 days and it was awful. He lost his appetite got more and more lethargic , developed blisters/lesions, seemed to lose his ability to coordinate his arms ....it was just nasty.


    After this we relined the tank (rhinolinings ---expensive!) and pulled out all the silicon and replaced it, redid all the plumbing, it was a big job.

    J
     
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    smalljerm O. bimaculoides Registered

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    well, i`m not wanting to torture them to death as you say, but because i test for copper and none is detected, but i also heard that low traces of copper cant be tested, and i`m just wondering if its copper that killed my cuttlefish which is why i`m asking.
     
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