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Use of Copper in Aquaculture and Farm Ponds

Craig Watson

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Copper has been used for many years as a chemical tool in farm ponds and aquaculture operations. It is both an effective algacide and a parasite treatment. The problem with the use of copper is that there is a very thin line that separates effective treatment levels from overdoses, which can kill fish. This fact sheet is designed to explain when copper is used, how it is used, and some precautions to take before using it. 
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