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> Subject: phosphate removal poll
> What are everyone's favorite methods of phosphate removal?
> I've come
> across a number of products in pet catalogs, including pads
> and resins.
> I'm just wondering what plant people like and what works best.
A well growing tank with good light and CO2 will remove large
amounts of P daily. My tanks eat about 0.2ppm a day from some
test I did.
If your tank is P starved this(0.2ppm) will be used in hours.
I add P to my tanks. Why would I remove it? Algae? Ha! I get
less algae when I add it. This is a narrow range of P though.
Don't add 3ppm and expect your plants to grow even more. Try 0.2
to .4ppm in 2x a week pulses if there's not much in the tap.
If there's a fair amout in the tap(1.0ppm or so) just do a water
change once a week. If there's a good supply of CO2, it should
not cause anything but growth if you are adding nutrients like
K, Traces etc. Keep the NO3 moderate to low(5pp or less but not
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