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Old 04-16-2012, 02:51 PM   #1 
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Prime question!

So this ones for all us invert fans.
Does prime affect copper?
I know it will not remove copper atoms, thats impossible, but does it bind with copper in any way to make it inert and not have a negative impact on shrimp/snails?
To my understanding, prime has sulfer, which bonded with copper is still toxic to inverts. But is there anything else that could get rid of some copper?
>_< difficult question.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:31 PM   #2 
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So this ones for all us invert fans.
Does prime affect copper?
I know it will not remove copper atoms, thats impossible, but does it bind with copper in any way to make it inert and not have a negative impact on shrimp/snails?
To my understanding, prime has sulfer, which bonded with copper is still toxic to inverts. But is there anything else that could get rid of some copper?
>_< difficult question.
Hmmm... I've never had a problem with it with shrimp and snails. Interesting thought, though...
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:33 PM   #3 
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I'm more concerned of if there is a benefit. I think there might be some copper in my tap water, and prime "removes heavy metals", so I'm wondering if it can help shrimp by getting rid of copper.

Edit; nvm the prime bottle doesn't say this. I have a different conditioner that does though.

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:34 AM   #4 
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Edit; nvm the prime bottle doesn't say this. I have a different conditioner that does though.
According to the Seachem website, Prime will "also detoxify any heavy metals found in the tap water at typical concentration levels."

On another forum I saw where a Seachem rep said that Prime detoxifies heavy metals by changing them from an oxidized state to a reduced state. A standard dose will detoxify up to 2.6 ppm/10 gallons.

I don't have enough experience with shrimp to know if the reduced state of copper will still affect them negatively though, sorry.
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Oh! That's interesting. Copper is counted as a heavy metal.
I think I will email Seachem myself :)
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Keep us updated on this please. :p
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