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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-09-2018, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Ammonia/Phosphate filter pads

I was at my lfs and saw these ammonia/phosphate remover filter pads, are these any different from the normal filter pad or bio media? I don't see any specific chemical added to help absorb ammonia or phosphate in the packaging, so I assume these work just like regular filter pad but probably have more surface are for beneficial bacteria to grow and absorb ammonia/phosphate?
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Phosphate removal would depend on the existing levels in your tank.
Ammonia removal would depend on the pH of your aquarium.

Plants can use NH4 & PO4.

What are you growing? Plant density also take into account.

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Brand / picture of the packaging? Otherwise, who knows? Maybe your LFS has a reasonable answer.
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You don't really need special ammonia or phosphate media. Your weekly water change with water treated with a product like Seachem's "Safe" is all you need. The product detoxifies ammonia and the weekly, large water change removes excess phosphate that's likely coming from the food you feed the fish. By just changing out a lot of water and feeding a low phosphate food, you don't need to spend money on special media.


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Here is a link to these filter pads on amazon, did not plant to get them, I was just curious if they have anything special on the pad to remove phosphate/ammonia, or they just like any other filter pad with lots of porous area for the BB to grow and remove ammonia and phosphate.
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Phosphate binding requires chemical binding, so if they're claiming it's removing phosphate, there is some kind of binder in there. However, the product description is extremely vague, as is the packaging. The beneficial bacteria will deal with Ammonia and it seems like that's how they're advertising this - traps food, waste, etc..
These don't seem like a great item, especially for the price. Pick yourself up some Purigen and some filter floss, call it a day.
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I just ordered purigen and should be here tomorrow, I was looking for something to help clarify my water, I had some cholla wood in my tank and they tans my water even after triple boil before putting them in my tank. I was looking at carbon infused filter pad as well, but some guy at the fish store told me try purigen first.
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