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125g tank.
In July of 2021 I converted this tank from freshwater Oscar’s to saltwater. I haven’t had any success since then.

Lost quite a few fish due to aggression in the tank. Lost a couple when my media bag ripped and purigen media made it into the display tank. Lost a few fish when my LFS told me a trigger fish would fit in a community tank. Most recently lost most of my tank to flukes.

I’ve tried adding corals about 4 times over the last 10 months. Not a single one even opened up. No one could figure out why…

3 weeks ago I took out the rock, drained the tank and moved my remaining fish to a QT set up. Put my rocks into a brute trash can with a pump and scrubbed my tank out after draining. I started to clean my sump and noticed that my fittings were blue….and then it hit me. I didn’t replace my brass fittings when I converted the tank over. They had been leaching copper/zinc/nickel into my tank for the entire time.

So this is my restarted tank. Almost a year later. Any of you guys made such a silly mistake?
 
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I’ve been pulling copper out of this tank with cuprisorb in a reactor and poly filter stuck in a sump baffle since May. Added quite a few fish since the tank cycled.

2 gladiator clowns
1 firefish
1 engineer goby
2 diamond gobies
1 bi color foxface
1 coris wrasse
1 long nose hawk fish

Everyone is doing great so far. Any suggestions for additional stocking? Planning to add a small tang gang as my last additions.
 

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Awesome it’s turning around!! I would have dumped gas in it and lit a match before taking that much time and money trying to figure it out! So I assume freshwater fish aren’t sensitive to copper and heavy metals like saltwater fish?
 
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Awesome it’s turning around!! I would have dumped gas in it and lit a match before taking that much time and money trying to figure it out! So I assume freshwater fish aren’t sensitive to copper and heavy metals like saltwater fish?
Thats such a little about nothing would be affected except for some snails.
 
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