Fritz Coppersafe
Fritz Coppersafe
Fritz Coppersafe
Fritz Coppersafe
Fritz Coppersafe
Fritz Coppersafe

Fritz Coppersafe

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Fritz Coppersafe® solution remains active for over one month in the aquarium. It is a safe, stable, non-staining concentrate that does not color aquarium water. Be sure to add Fritz Coppersafe® solution to replacement water when water changes are made. This will maintain the therapeutic level of Coppersafe® solution. Because Fritz Coppersafe® solution is so stable in water, partial water changes are the quickest way to remove it from the water. The unique formulation of Fritz Coppersafe® solution maintains a total copper level of  ~2.0ppm when used as directed. Copper test kits that measure chelated copper will help you to actively monitor copper levels when using Fritz Coppersafe® solution.

Directions & Dosage

Use 5 ml (1 tsp) per 4 U.S. gallons (15 L), or 8 oz (1 cup) per 190 U.S. gallons (337.5 L). This dose maintains a total copper level of ~2.0 ppm, no redosing is necessary for up to one month. Treatment time will vary based on the infection you are treating.

  • For best results, use Coppersafe® in a quarantine tank
  • Remove ion-exchange resins and heavy metal adsorbing filter pads during treatment. 
  • Discontinue use of skimmer during treatment
  • Carbon does NOT need to be removed during treatment
  • UV Sterilizer can be used during treatment
  • Use with caution on aquariums with scaleless fish and other copper-sensitive livestock - do not use Coppersafe® solution with fish species that have a known sensitivity to copper.
  • No contraindications: can be used with all of our other products and meds including ACCR and Complete
  • NOT SAFE FOR USE WITH INVERTEBRATES: corals, snails, shrimp, clams, jellyfish, other crustaceans or molluscs; remove these types of livestock before dosing
  • Coppersafe® may be harmful to plants and amphibians
  • Easy measuring: the 8 oz and 16 oz bottle caps are approximately 5 mL volume
  • Only one dose is needed to achieve the therapeutic level of 1.5 - 2.0 ppm copper. No second dose is needed during treatment.
  • To prevent accidental overdose in an unknown volume of water, add approximately 1/4 or 1/2 dose and test before adding additional copper.
  • If water changes must be performed during treatment, treat the volume of replacement water with Coppersafe® to maintain the therapeutic level
  • Overdosed? Perform large water changes immediately until a test kit reads below 2 ppm copper
  • Test with a reliable copper test kit that measures above 2.0 ppm Total copper, or a kit that measures chelated copper
  • After treatment, remove copper with water changes, or use a copper-specific adsorbing resin or polyfilter until the copper level returns to zero.

Note: Consult a veterinarian or fish expert for assistance in diagnosis of disease causing organisms and treatment options.

Safety Info: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. For aquarium use only. THIS PRODUCT IS INTENDED FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE WITH ORNAMENTAL FISH AND/ OR OTHER ORNAMENTAL ORGANISMS AND IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE WITH HUMANS OR FISH FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.

Product FAQ

Can I use hydrogen peroxide as a spot algae treatment while treating the aquarium with Fritz Mardel Coppersafe®?
No. The complex copper in Mardel Coppersafe® will impact the hydrogen peroxide, making it ineffective against algae. It is not clear if the Mardel Coppersafe® is affected in the process so we cannot recommend using the two together.

Three days into treatment for ich with Coppersafe, and I notice some spots disappear, but then a few more appear. Is this normal during treatment?
Yes this is normal. Continue the treatment, and check that the copper level is in the therapeutic range of 1.5 - 2.0 ppm. We recommend a minimum of 7-10 days of treatment with increased water temperature above 80 degrees.

What is the therapeutic range for copper in an aquarium?
The therapeutic range of copper is 1.5ppm - 2.0ppm. Some test kits have different scales so be sure to contact the manufacturer of the test kit if you have questions!

Coppersafe Best Practices
For best results, use Coppersafe in a quarantine tank
Remove ion-exchange resins and heavy metal adsorbing filter pads during treatment.
Discontinue use of skimmer during treatment
Carbon does NOT need to be removed during treatment
UV Sterilizer can be used during treatment
Use with caution on aquariums with scaleless fish and other copper-sensitive livestock
No contraindications: can be used with all of our other products and meds including ACCR and Complete
NOT SAFE for use with invertebrates, corals, snails, shrimp, clams, other crustaceans or molluscs; remove these types of livestock before dosing
Easy measuring: the 8 oz and 16 oz bottle caps are approximately 5 mL volume
Only one dose is needed to achieve the therapeutic level of 1.5-2.0 ppm copper. No second dose is needed during treatment.
To prevent accidental overdose in an unknown volume of water, add approximately 1/4 or 1/2 dose and test before adding additional copper.
If water changes must be performed during treatment, treat the replacement water with Coppersafe to maintain the therapeutic level
Overdosed? Perform large water changes immediately until a test kit reads below 2 ppm copper
Test with a reliable copper test kit that measures above 2.0 ppm copper

Do I add Coppersafe to top off water during treatment?
I've been using Coppersafe in a 5 gallon tank for 1 betta that appears to have Velvet disease. I initially dosed 3/4 teaspoon on then topped off the tank with 1 gallon treated with 1/4 teaspoon. Should I keep dosing the tank in incremental amounts as water evaporates or give it more time to work? The tank is heated to 80 degrees F and I'm running a corner bubbler filter. I have live plants and used Seachem's Aquasolum substrate.

You should not be adding more coppersafe to evaporated water, as the copper will not evaporate. Only add Coppersafe to water you are replacing.

How long can fish be treated with the coppersafe safely?
I'm three weeks into treating my tank for ick and external parasites, and everyone is doing well so I'm going to add a couple fish to my tank. I would like to have the new fish treated for at least the external parasites, but I was wondering how long I would need to treat the new fish to rid them of any parasites, but also how long can the current fish be treated with the coppersafe safely?

You can run therapeutic levels of copper in your aquarium indefinitely (as long as you do not have invertebrates.) If you are quarantining the new fish, you can run them at therapeutic levels as long as you like, for Ich I would say at least 7 days.

How often do I need to dose Mardel Coppersafe®?
Mardel Coppersafe® is a chelated copper solution which will keep the copper active in the aquarium for up to a month, and does not require redosing once the therapeutic level has been reached. However, you should still use a test kit to monitor copper levels during treatment.

Are there any animals that are sensitive to copper that I should be careful with Mardel Coppersafe®?
Lionfish, pufferfish, mandarins, blennies, eels and any other scaleless fish should be treated with care. Start with a 1/4 or 1/2 dose, watch for adverse reactions to the copper and be prepared to do water changes. Increase dose slowly if needed. Of course, as indicated on the directions, Mardel Coppersafe® should not be used with invertebrates of any kind and should be removed from the water before returning invertebrates to the aquarium.

I’m having trouble working out the dosage of Mardel Coppersafe® because I have a lot of rock in my tank and I’m not sure of my sump volume. Can you help?
Because copper can be toxic when it is overdosed, you should be conservative with your estimates of water volume. Start with a 1/4 or 1/2 dose, and reassess your next amount after testing the concentration. Use a test kit to measure copper levels and if they need to be increased, do so carefully. There are many online calculators which can help you determine the volume of any rectangular sump.

Do I need to remove carbon when I use Coppersafe?
Activated carbon is safe to use during treatment with Coppersafe. Our formula uses chelated copper which isn't readily adsorbed by carbon. It is recommended to remove other types of chemical filtration including resins and other heavy metal adsorbing filter pads.

After your first treatment with Mardel Coppersafe®, how long do you have to wait to do a water change?
Unless you observe stress in the fish, you should not do a water change during the treatment. That is because the chelated copper stays in solution for up to a month, which covers the life cycle of almost all aquarium parasites. This ensures that any eggs in the aquarium will hatch out and the parasites will be eliminated. However, if your animals are stressed, a water change may be necessary. You will need to dose the replacement water at the label dosage so that the copper remains at an effective level. For example: If you change 10 gallons of water, add a 10 gallon dose to the replacement water. Copper test kits are recommended to monitor levels in the aquarium.

This is only apply to live fish order.

Live Arrival Guarantee:

We have a lot of experience with shipping live fish orders. In 2021, Our records showed that we only have a 0.5 % Dead on Arrival rate for all live fish orders, compared to the industry standard is at 1.5%. This means that out of 1000 live orders that we shipped to our customer only 5 orders would have fish that arrived dead.

At Splashy Fish, we ensure that our customers are happy and satisfied with their orders. We offer a 100% Live Arrival Guarantee on all of our animals that are shipped to the customer via USPS, UPS, and FedEx.

Splashy Fish has the right to void Live Arrival Guarantee protection if these circumstances include: 

  1. The customer has chosen USPS First Class Mail as a shipped method. 
  2. Shipping address to a PO Box
  3. The order was refused delivery by the customer. 
  4. The order was held for pick up at USPS, UPS, FedEx offices no longer than 24 hours after the last update on the tracking number. 
  5. Live Arrival Guarantee claim does not include all the requirements mentioned below
  6. Live Arrival Guarantee claim made after the arrival period is mentioned below. 
  7. The Fish/Animal have to be in original packaging. 

Live Arrival Guarantee Claim Period: 

For Live Fish and other invertebrates: one and a half hours (1.5 hours) of posted delivery time or customer received time. 

For Snails48 hours of posted delivery time or customer received time. 

How to claim for Splashy Fish's Live Arrival Guarantee: 

If there is an incident when your fish are delivered "dead on arrival,” 

  1. Take 1 picture of the shipping box and the shipping label. 
  2. For live fish and other invertebrates: Take 2 pictures of each of the fish bags that is dead on arrival (the pictures have to show the bag in its original condition, unopened with the original rubber band)
For Snail: Snail generally take longer to acclimate, our customer will have 48 hours of posted delivery time to claim for Live Arrival Guarantee. Please place the snail at the one corner of the tank and within 48 hours and any snail didn't move. Please take pictures of the snail where the opening. 
  1. Send us an email to DOA@splashyfishstore.com with the subject line: DOA and Your Order Number OR messaged us on our social media
  2. Body of the text: Your tracking number
  3. The claim must be sent within the claim period mentioned above. 

After submitting all the information required above it will take us 1 to 3 business days to determine the cause of dead on arrival. If the claim was valid and approved by our team, There is two option for you to choose from:

  1. Complimentary one-time replacement of the fish you ordered (pending current inventory availability). Customers are responsible for the replacement shipping charge. 
  2. Received the store credit for future purchase of the dead on arrival fish excluding the shipping cost. 

If the Live Arrival Guarantee claim doesn't include all the requirements listed above, Splashy Fish has all the rights to reject your claim.

 

 

We ship all of the customer orders from our warehouse located in Springfield, VA. We pack and ship our orders depending on the orders with the exception of someday we cannot ship out live fish.

All Live Fish orders will be shipped out on Tuesday and Wednesday each week for overnight shipping by UPS.

Monday to Saturday:  We will pack and ship out all orders that do not contain live fish. 

Sunday: (Splashy Day) Today is the day we let our hard-working team members and our fish to destress and ready for the following week's shipment.

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