Corals dying, Urchins now DEAD, and unsure about Peppermint Shrimp!!!??!

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    dkonni

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    Ok, so it's been about a week since I last posted about my 2 urchin's just sitting at the bottom of the tank deflated & lifeless. I thought they could make it back, but now they're most definitely dead. At the same time my Mushroom polyp's became deflated & haven't opened up ever since.

    Now I found my peppermint shrimp's exoskeleton floating at the bototm of the tank, it is White but could possibly be a Molt? If so, let me know. I haven't seen him yet though.

    I cleaned off my algae in my tank with what I think may have been a copper sponge. That was about a Month ago, and ever since then I have been noticing these problems...but nothing with the fish. My damsels & blenny is fine!

    Could using that metalic/maybe copper sponge cause this?
     
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    SeaBee Ha Ha Thats Funny!

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    Copper kills inverts....got a copper test kit? I'd like to know the level you're at. Do some water changes and remove the dead guys.
     
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    Ulta REEFER

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    aye, and test your water params
     
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    Yes test your parameters. We often think everything is okay until we test and find out something is in there we didn't even know about.
     
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    I once had a heater break and a tiny piece of copper fell into the water --all my inverts started dying. It doesn't take much copper at all to kill your inverts!
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    I'd bet my bottom dollar that copper sponge is whats caused your trouble.I'll also bet that you'll have to replace all the rock and sand to get rid of the copper thats now in your tank.You wouldnt be able to keep and corals or inverts until all the coppers gone.
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    What kind of sponge did you use? Do you remember the brand? Link to it?
     
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    Sounds like one of those copper scouring pads for cleaning out dirty pots and pans. But that is most likely the culprit.
     
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    People with copper in their tanks have used poly filter and the right media to get the copper out with success. I would not necessarily assume you need to get rid of all your rock. The sand might have to go through.
     
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    Solarfall Totally Gnar

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    You should take the sponge to somebody that knows things about metals (maybe a junkyard or something). And if it is, definetly get a copper test kit. .05 ppm of copper can kill sensitive corals easily, .1 ppm can wipe out a tank, so it doesn't take a lot.
     
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