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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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Help phostphates !

so i tried an one inch soil layer with 3 inch gravel in my 65g. i have outrageously high phosphates and brown hair algae everywhere. lights r 3 w/g and on for 7 hrs a day so i know that isnt it. i fert twice a week with a 30% water change. im thinking my soil (miracle grow) is leaking a lot of phosphates so i was gonna replace my substrate with either florite or fluval's stratum....suggestions? idk what is in fluvals stuff but i know flortie has a lot of good.

ps: i tried phosphate effect on my high levels :/ i had the set up for a few months
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 08:15 PM
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You could try large water changes IF your tap water does not contain phosphates (large as in 80% every other day for a week or two). Not great for your water usage, but if the soil is under a 3" gravel layer it should reduce the levels in the water column.

Going forward, adding lots of fast-growing plants will help to keep levels down. Or you could replace the milagro gro stuff.

idk what is in fluvals stuff but i know flortie has a lot of good.
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