I think within a few days of use they build up a layer that will make any amounts of copper in your water unmeasurable.
Almost all water that is supplied by a municipality is treated and buffered whether it was hard or soft to prevent pipe corrosion.
You should be safe.
Run the water for a minute or two to remove water that has been standing in the pipes.
Use a copper removing insert in the filters, or, if you prepare the water ahead of time, in the barrels set up so the water flows though the inserts.
Use a chelating material, such as EDTA. This is in some dechlorinators that say 'removes heavy metals' and may be available as a separate item.
Here is one source:
On the products page 1, scroll to the bottom. It is an alphabetical list, and this is listed as E. D. T. A.
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I just brought home some "trumpet" type snails from one of the local stores out of one of their plant tanks. I can't say I treated them that nicely - I dumped them in a net and them swished them around in a bucket of water from my tank then poured them back in the net and put them in the tank.
My clowns worked over quite a few of them already.
The snails were working the bottom until I turned out the light, I came back in 20 minutes later and a bunch of them were half way up the glass!
Is that a normal thing - going up at night?
For snails they are pretty fast!
I think snails and shrimp are more sensitive to copper than most fish, so if snails are thriving I would not worry about copper.
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I'm not even sure these are "MTS" just a black cone shaped snail that came out of some plant only tanks. Girl at the shop didn't know exactly what they were but said her Botia Types love them and told me I could help myself.
I figured they should be pretty safe since they are in plant only tanks that weren't on the central filter system. Very nice plants.
I'm completely new to snails - any good "all about snails" links out there??
° Copper pipes release more copper than plant fertilizer does (yes, I did add copper for plants). I never heard of any incidents though, but I am not hearing everything. There are copper water tests and charts calling out toxic levels, never tried myself though. In heavy planted tanks some copper may be absorbed, at least in traces.
° Copper bound in chelators are a multiple less dangerous than free copper.
° water conditioners may bind copper, but some may also release it again, possibly after a while (when bacteria munch away the chelator?)
° I've been avoiding snails so far, as they are intermittend hosts to some bad fish diseas. Shrimps are also sensitive to copper, would try those, perhaps bigger ones (Amano's) as there is a good chance that loaches treat them like snails... ouch.
I know, above does not help much at making decissions here. Common sense would also lead me to the understanding (as all above posts) that , pipes are not that risky, but I still would consider a test, in case it is affordable and or use good conditioners or at least the chelator Diana recommended.
As already mentioned, the remaining time in the pipe is key (keep as short as possible), cold water seems to be much better than warm water, if I understood right. Even people with good chemistry skills do not dare to claim the one or other. But as a summary, water conditioner will bind copper and with the water changes removes them (before set free again).
I see you are posting from Munich and a lot of others are from the UK. Are copper pipes NOT the standard in Europe? They are here in the US for sure, I can't think of a house I've lived in that wasn't copper and it never has been brought up as a concern for freshwater aquariums.
I'm in Florida (hard water) and if you cut a used copper pipe you have a pale green layer next to the pipe (copper oxide and calcium?) followed by a pink layer closest to the flowing water (iron oxide and calcium?)
I don't have any troubles with water chemistry that I'm aware of. I do pre-filter and age through carbon and zeolite. I just spotted a glass shrimp that has eluded all predators for over two months now - he's good! He seems to be doing fine also.
I'm curious about the copper issue now, I need to test and see what the levels are and what is considered safe.
Diana, if you are still following this one, what are the "inserts" you are referring to for copper removal??
I guess in Germany, Swiss, Austria, zink coated is standard, copper occurs, since a couple of years, new buildings typically get equipped with stainless steel, that's my understanding, but heat exchangers and flow through heaters may have copper piping too. I built 10 years ago and was mad, that I was not informed, that stainless steel was available already than.BotiaMaximus wrote: ...
Are copper pipes NOT the standard in Europe? ...
I would kill for an all stainless setup - never heard of such an install in the states. It is just plain copper 99% of installations. PVC on mobile homes maybe - but basically nothing but copper - no zinc coating either.
We are jealous - We'd like that 220 volt standard as well!
If your building a house you can get PVC pipes pretty easy. My house and a friends house were built using PVC. PVC comes rated for cold and hot water pipes now. I think that if you have a contractor build, you can still request PVC.
On a side note PVC is also a heck of a lot cheaper then copper. I now people who take scrap copper to recycling areas and come home with a nice chunk of cash.
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