Copper in Tanks

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Is there any way to get copper out of tanks? I got a very nice, free, 125 gallon tank from somebody at my mom's work who used to raise and show angel fish. I haven't tested for copper and she said that she didn't think she used anything with copper in it. I was hoping to put Pudge in it and eventually a cuttlefish from octopets in the Buy, Sell and Trade forum.
 

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There is no proper way or removing copper without remving everything else from the tank EG all the silicone.

There is a good chance that the tank would be okay, only way to tell would be to fill it with RO water, leave it for a few days and then do a copper test on the water.
 

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Thanks Colin. :)

Now I've got eight months to learn as much as I can about cuttlefish.
 

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In response to checking if it has copper or not, you can go to any LFS and buy one of those test kits, they are pretty cheap. :)
 

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joel_ang said:
Cuttlefish? Do ya plan on getting one Nick?
Yup. I've heard that they can be kept together, is this true? And if so, how many to a 125 gallon tank? Also, how much live rock do they need?

I've been looking for a challenge as I've heard that cuttles are harder than octos. ( I consider freshwater eels and teacup rays a challenge, my first tiretrack died in a month, first teacup in two days.) :)
 

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Well nick, this is going to be harder than teacups and tyretrack eels put together!

As for cuttles, 1 to 125 depending on species. The 2 most commonly seen are bandensis (a short lived dwarf) and officinalis (which gets big quick)

Cuttles need a lot less live rock as they can often hurt themselves on it by jetting backwards.
 

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Thinking waaaaaay ahead
Which one would you recommend?
I'm leaning towards officinalis since I believe that's the only cuttle that octopets can get.
Would my 125 galllon be sufficient for one?
And when it inks how much of a water change should I do?
 

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NickA5582 said:
I'm leaning towards officinalis since I believe that's the only cuttle that octopets can get.
Would my 125 galllon be sufficient for one?
And when it inks how much of a water change should I do?
Yes it would be sufficient. Some people say 25% water change but I personally say 35%. :)
 

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Ink removal!

I used to rely on skimmers to remove ink - were quite efficient even when tank was BLACK. Would never have had enough water for a major change unless it was planned but that may have been less than ideal? Ask Colin?!
(Sorry Colin)
 

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