This safe, stable, non-staining concentrate, is used for the treatment of ick, velvet, and other external freshwater parasites. Before use, remove invertebrates from the tank. It may be harmful to plants and some snails.
16 fluid oz.: Treats 400 U.S. gallons for over one month.
I had some unwelcome visitors come into a couple of tanks after purchasing some fish at auction. I tried the heat and salt treatment, only to see the problem continue to get worse. I switched treatment to Mardel Coppersafe and it worked perfectly in every affected tank. I did test for copper and the recommended dose brought the level up to where it needed to be. I did not have to monitor or re-dose. Nothing kills the parasite while on the fish's body. But, within a few days, the spots had completely cleared. The parasites were killed when they left the fish just as they were supposed to be and did not reinfect.
The bottle, as pictured, makes it very easy to measure out a correct dose. I have seen it offered in other types of bottles that don't offer this convenience. You may have to order online, but I'd highly recommend having some of this product on hand. There's no need to use this type of product long term. But, it's a good idea to use it in quarantine tanks. Can't say enough good things about it. It saved some highly prized fish of mine.
Contrary to the other reviews, I had good results when I used it. Keep in mind I caught the Ick at an early stage. Only 1 of 12 fish showed signs(white "salt" on body) of the disease. This fish also showed only a small amount. That fish has bounced back to full health, and I haven't seen any Ick since. I have african cichlids. I can vouch that it worked for me in my situation. I would try the product again if needed.
I've tried coppersafe many times in my 27 year hobby and have never had it work properly. The directions on the bottle state that one treatment per month is all it takes. That is, unfortunately, not the whole truth. You must keep the level of copper above a certain level in order for it to be effective. Depending on your water chemistry, the copper degrades over time, causing it to be ineffective unless you monitor it constantly. There are better medications for nearly every parasite known (acriflavine for velvet, quick cure for ich, clout for the rest). Unless you have sensitive fish, dont bother with this product.
I used coppersafe as directed to treat black spot disease. I reduced the number of spots but they came back after the long 1 month treatment. I killed this disease in 5 days with salt (3 tsp per gallon). Coppersafe did kill some cyanobacteria I had, so it is good for something, but IMO it is a big waste of money. There are more effective mdicines out there.
I don't use Coppersafe any more (because I can't find it anywhere) but I used to use it regularily in a 55 gallon community tank. It worked great for what it did... my fish never contracted ich or many other diseases at all. It's not a treatment for Ich as it doesn't kill the parasites already on the fish body... but it does prevent more from entering the fish and with an increase in water temperature, the ones on the fish die off and no new ones come into play. Can't use it with Live Plants or invertebrates or any other very sensitive fish though... do your research on it.
One of the other plus factors was that it only required a monthly application after initial dosage - and the application was rather small at that. So one bottle would last quite a long time.
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