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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-30-2004, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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R tubaflex worms a significant source of phosphates?

I was just trying to figure out how I got such a High phosphate reading in my tank. I checked my tap water and its good. I feed my fish tubaflex worms and was wondering if any extra will turn straight in to adding phosphates to my water? I Have a high number of fish so I feed then what I think is the right amount but who knows. I got my phosphates down to about 2 now by doing water changes and a phosphate remover pad. I had and have media in when I found my high phospates in the first place, maybe it wore out. Some thoughts on this would be nice, thanks.
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Do you use any pH lowering products? Do you use activated charcoal? It's possible that the food is the source of the phosphates.
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I was using a seachem buffer but it was the non phosphate stuff. I am using amazon rain and thats it. I was using a little bit of kent fertilelizer but I have used it for about a month and ahalf because I was getting algae. Finally I bought a phosphate tester so here I am with high phosphates.They are coming down which is great. Is fish waste a big part of it as well? should I add bacteria like cycle when I do a water change even on a established tank?
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Cycle won't have an effect on phosphate. You'll have better luck with doing those water changes to lower your phosphate levels. I would look into food sources as a means of phosphate introductions.

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