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Copper Sulphate



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Copper (as Cu) content by weight minimum24%
Sulphur (as S) content by weight minimum 12%
Soluble iron and aluminium compounds (expressed as Fe) content by weight maximum 0.5 %
Lead (as Pb) content by weight maximum 0.003%
Matter insoluble in water by weight maximum 1%
pH not less than 3
Form free flowing powder/granular



  • As a herbicide, fungicide and pesticide
  • Copper sulfate pentahydrate is a fungicide. However, some fungi are capable of adapting to elevated levels of copper ions. Mixed with lime it is called Bordeaux mixture and used to control fungus on grapes, melons, and other berries. Another application is Cheshunt compound a mixture of copper sulfate and ammonium carbonate used in horticulture to prevent damping off in seedlings.
  • A dilute solution of copper sulfate is used to treat aquarium fish for parasitic infections, and is also used to remove snails from aquariums. Copper ions are highly toxic to fish, so care must be taken with the dosage. Most species of algae can be controlled with very low concentrations of copper sulfate. Copper sulfate inhibits growth of bacteria such as Escherichia coli. Copper Sulphate is also used as a wood preservative apart from its use in electroplating.
  • Copper sulfate is employed in organic synthesis. Copper sulfate is also used to etch zinc plates for intaglio printmaking. Copper sulfate can also be used as a mordant in vegetable dyeing.