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I was just wondering if someone could give me the lowdown on copper pipes. If you have copper pipes, it kills any corals you put in there, but not the fish,right? If you use an RO unit, does it make the water safe for everyone? Also, how bad is copper? I noticed we have copper pipes going to our shower head which I use to fill up my freshwater/future reef tank. Does this mean that I'm doomed and will never enjoy corals in that tank ever? :?:
 

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I would say so. with cooper pipes you are getting trace amounts of copper in your water. Cant you use a different source for your water.
 

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why dont you buy R/O or DI water from your lfs or something, no copper, made for most salt mixes, works with corals, less phosphates which means less bad algae. The only downside is the price
 

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Thats what I do. But I buy mine from walmart.
 

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Would an RO unit take care of the copper, or is the water totally useless after it has gone through copper pipes? Also, since I have water from copper pipes in my freshwater tank, does that mean that the tank is shot for use as a reef tank?
 

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I wouldnt trust the water even after the Ro unit thats just me. As for the tank no its not shot for a salty.
 

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I mean I would believe a Ro unit would remove trace amounts of copper, but I put to much money into my tank to risk that. But it would be safe I would imagine also it will help control your ick problems if it was ever to happen.
 

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may we ask you now is there any copper water in the tank, most of the time copper gets into live rock, gravel, ornaments, silicone and stuff and will leak out forever making it virtually impossible to remove
 

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Yeah, there's copper water in it right now, but I plan on getting a new filter, live rock, skimmer...(it's freshwater right now and I only plan on keeping the tank and the stand that it's sitting on for the reef tank)
..oh and it's a 75 gallon glass
 

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I wouldnt use it as it will soak into everything and you will never remove all of it. So there goes having any inverts, or corals. All you will have is fish.
 

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What makes a good tank for a reef?

Well, jokes on the copper then. Guess I have an excuse to get a new tank! What is the ideal tank style for a reef tank?? I've seen ones that are acrylic and have tubes and some kind of overflow thing built into the back. Does all that stuff even help out at all, or should I just stick with good ol' glass.. I guess the question now is: "What makes a good tank for a reef?"
 

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Stick with glass.:) The only thing I hate with acrylics is they scratch easily.:shake:
 

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What about those little overflow things in the back and the tubes? I don't want to drop a bunch of money on a tank only to say "Dang, I wish I didn't get a glass tank! Where are my tubes??!!!"
 
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