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Too much phosphate?

Hi,

I just measured my phosphate level, and it turned out to be 2ppm. I think this is too much. I don't have any algae yet, tank still new, should I put in some sort of phosphate remover before it's too late?

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My current water params:
PH 7.0
KH 10
Phosphate 2
Nitrate 0+ (Yellow, 0 = light yellow)
Ammonia 0

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NO.. "Do not add Phosphate remover's" 2 is good, do add some KN03 though..

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I have to add 130 ml of Flourish Phosphate every other day just to keep it at 2 ppm! My 90G is crammed with plants that are removing 1 ppm per day. I add back nitrate as well to about 20 ppm. Now I see why we switch to "rolling" our own macros and micros!
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Yes, definitily add some nitrate. Shoot for a 10:1 ratio of nitrate to phosphate.

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Thanks for the quick response,

I haven't make an order for all the ferts yet. What can I do right now until some time next week? Is there a a product to creat Nitrate that I can find locally?

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Just curious- what's the effect you see if the ratio isn't 10:1? I've just gotten my phosphates down from more than 10 (used a phosphate buffer before). I'm still getting a handle on how to dose properly with the ferts I got from Greg Watson...

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Can someone let me know where I can get some root tab? I tried gregwatson.com and it is out of order.

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Can someone let me know where I can get some root tab? I tried gregwatson.com and it is out of order.

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Bigalsonline.com sells flourish root tabs
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try www.plantgeek.net and send a PM to off-ice, or email him at [email protected]
he sells ferts and handmade root tabs that are considerably cheaper than Flourish brand (12 for $1 vs 10 for $5) His are made with Plantex CSM and a clay powder.
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