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Old 06-30-2013, 05:51 PM   #1
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Elevated phos in Northern Florida?


Hi there:

So just moved to Gainesville from CO and set up a 180gal. When i bought my tank the guy at Aquatropics (the LFS here in town), indicated that the phos here is very high and that it could cause problems.

I pulled up the Gainesville water report, and of course there is no phos readings on it. I don't have the ability to test phos in my test kit either.

So was just wondering if there are any issues that arise from the elevated phos that you guys encounter out here (although i haven't been able to verify it yet)?

I don't really want to bother with it unless i have to. Some of the phos removers for a 180 gallon tank when you do a 50% WC every week start to get ridiculously expensive.

Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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I lived in Gainesville for several years with planted tanks. Never had a problem. I did dirt tanks, Aquasoil, Fluorite, plain sand. All tanks ran smooth. For water changes, I put water straight from the tap into the tank then added dechlor. Aquatropics likes to focus on saltwater (more $$), maybe that's where they see the problems.
Not sure if they still do this, but they used to refill bottles of dechlor and flake fish food if you buy a certain size and brand. I can't remember the exact cost, but it does save money.
If you need CO2 equip, get in touch with Greenleaf Aquariums. They're local and can get you stuff pretty quick.
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I dosed 3-5 ppm a week when I lived there, never any issues, except running low on PO4.

Some at AT are not too good about plants, reef, okay, but not planted tanks.
I know the owner, nice guy.
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thanks for the input guys, much appreciated.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:41 PM   #5
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Hi there:

So just moved to Gainesville from CO and set up a 180gal. When i bought my tank the guy at Aquatropics (the LFS here in town), indicated that the phos here is very high and that it could cause problems.

I pulled up the Gainesville water report, and of course there is no phos readings on it. I don't have the ability to test phos in my test kit either.

So was just wondering if there are any issues that arise from the elevated phos that you guys encounter out here (although i haven't been able to verify it yet)?

I don't really want to bother with it unless i have to. Some of the phos removers for a 180 gallon tank when you do a 50% WC every week start to get ridiculously expensive.

Thanks!
the people at aquatropics are pretty useless i've had many issues with them just trying to sell useless products. My advice, since they are they only freshwater plant store is know what you want before you go, then get in and get out.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:45 PM   #6
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i agree though the owner is very nice he makes sure to let you know he appreciates you business and tries to help you if he can its the "others"
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