Cupramine and protein skimmer use
I wanted to verify what I read on the FAQ regarding Cupramine.
I 'm aware that treatment should be done in a bare quarantine tank when possible but in my situation, I was not able to do so.
I'm also aware that aragonite sandbeds and liverock will absorb a good amount of the copper but my concern was with the continued use of a protein skimmer during treatment. I can't seem to keep a solution of even .25 ppm in the water column even after 7 doses of 1ml per 10 gallons in my 90g fowlr tank. (the 7 doses were applied over the course of about 4 days)
I'm now concerned whether the protein skimmer is taking the solution out of the water column or is my live rock and aragonite sandbed still absorbing the Cupramine?
Should I shut down the skimmer or continue to dose until I can keep a stable level of .25 ppm before moving onto .50 ppm?
I am testing with the Seachem copper test for accuracy.
It's a long story of why I'm treating the main tank vs the fish in a quarantine tank but briefly, Kick-Ick at double doses for multiple treatment doses, Rally at also multiple treatment doses, No Sick Fish at 5 consecutive weeks and Hyposalinity at 1.009 for 38 days and a second time at 1.007 for 45 days have yet to work for this tank. I have been fighting ick since Sept. of '05 and am battle weary and all the above mentioned "reef safe" products (was just trying to spare my live rock and snails since there are no corals in this fowlr tank) has cost me about $500 so far. (Also have tried Paraguard and metronidazole too!) You might guess why the live rock is trivial at this point.
So back to the question, is the protein skimmer taking out the Cupramine every time I redose the tank?
Last edited by pecan2phat; 05-12-2006 at 02:48.
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