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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Are tetramin flakes high phosphate?

Still waiting on carpet for setting up my planted tank. In the meantime, I just got a Lamotte Phosphate test kit to get used to. I measured my 55 fish only tank, and it was off the chart. (Healthy tank though!). O.K., two 80% changes in the last three days, and still at least 2.0 on the test. Maybe it is still very concentrated, but I always do at least 50%/ month on the tank.

The tap water does not register in the kit.

SO my first suspect is the tetramin. Guilty? I always thought it was a middle of the road product, seems to keep my loach's and angels happy, better than some, but what do you guys suggest for your basic, everyday staple food?

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I'm not a big fan of tetra brand in general, especially not foods. Just because they are one of the oldest names doesn't make them the best.
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What are you using to dechlorinate? There was a post recently "Do Dechlorinators Add Phosphate?" that finally helped me determine my phosphates were coming from my using Aquasafe. Frustrating, doing water changes to lower phosphates, then finding out that the new water I was adding was causing it.
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Super strength Tap Water Conditioner, from Aquarium Pharmiceuticals.

Hmm. Is this sodium thyoPHOSPHATE? (SP?)

I just bought a $8 dollar bottle of it! I figured I would be doing buku water changes, and I should get some. I have gone three decades in a F.O. tank, never used it. Goes to show....
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Well, just ran another phosphate test, and added the conditioner right to the sample. It did not seem to affect it?

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I have the same problem and I use Tetramin as well. I just started a thread about it below you. Didn't notice this one until after. Well, I'm willing to say yes Tetramin will raise it.
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I'm having the same problems.

So what flake food should we be using?

Also, what water treatment should we be using for water changes?

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There is nothing wrong with using it, just do not use it excessively. I have been using it for years. I think the biggest problem that most have with it is that when the food that gets missed by the fish gets into filters or just hits the bottom uneaten. I am not sure that after it is eaten it still has the same effects through the mulm.

I feed a "little" flake, a little frozen (treat) and a little Tetra Color Bits and I feed once a day, sometimes every other day and have no problems with phos.
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