Copper in Tanks

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  1. NickA5582

    NickA5582 Sepia elegans Registered

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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.
     
  2. Colin

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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.
     
  3. NickA5582

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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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    Cuttlefish? Do ya plan on getting one Nick?
     
  5. o.vulgaris

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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. :)
     
  6. NickA5582

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    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.) :)
     
  7. Colin

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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.
     
  8. NickA5582

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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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    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)
     
  11. Colin

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    LOL no prob Mike, was online same time anyway :)

    if the cuttle/octo inks until the water is black i did a water change ~25% and always had the skimmer on until the tank was totally clear... always worth changing the carbon after a heavy inking too.

    One reason i always recomend getting a big skimmer
     
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    It is Recommended to have a efficient skimmer, comes in handy lol. :)
     
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    The bigger the skimmer the faster the ink is removed. Carbon filtration can be used to remove ink in smaller tanks. I only change 20% of the water as I find my cuttles get pretty nervous if I change any more than that. :)
     
  14. o.vulgaris

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    ...I have a medium sized skimmer because since I change 25-30% of the water I have already removed most of the ink...but my O.V inking is a very rare situation, it happens once in a blue moon so I rarely change the water. On the other hand my euprymna ink's at any moment whether it is moody or scared. :)
    So you figure out the rest. :P
     
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    Did you ever get round to taking/posting some pics of your two Dave?

    Would like to see them :)
     
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    Yea, Its been sometime since we've seen your eupryma. Hows it doing?
     
  17. o.vulgaris

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    I did have some, I had them up one my site, but unfortunately I terminated the account I had with digital-hosting and from there went my domain and my ftp which is where I had stored the pics. But no worries I will go high tech soon enough, maybe I'll get a digital camera so I can upload them lol, Im still going strong with my canon rebel 2000 SLR camera, oh don't blame me for being cheap and still in the old skool era. :P :P
    Just need to decide what type of Digital camera I should get, maybe I can use dustins, since He is the one who did all the graphics on my site--I think he has one.
    Anyway's I will definetly post pics on DevianART as soon as possible, that way you can visit a url of the pics, lol you get free webspace. :bonk:
    I do recall that I had took my first pic of it when I first came to the boards and I had my euprymna on the palm of my hand. I don't remeber what I did with that pic though. Oh it's tough when you're studying all day and all night..never got time for anything lol. :roll: [/u]
     

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