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How to reduce Phosephate

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I have quite hi Phosephate levels (hence I have algae) and wondering the best way to reduce it.

I am looking at getting a RO/DI system what I think may help and also doing larger water changes. What do you all think?
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Chances are, you don't need a RO/DI system.

Do you have more info about your tank? Size, lighting, fertilization, CO2 injection? Do you have lots of plants? If your plants have all the nutrients they need, they will outcompete the algae.
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i was using well water for a while that was high in phosphates and i used PhosGuard by Seachem once and i had problems, not sure it was the phosguard, but i then used a phosphate filter pad by Tropical Science which i liked, but the pad is $$$.
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try reducing the light down and more water changes till its under control, i am doing some algae treatment myself and this is what is working for me.
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gravel vac more often. that was the problem with mine. too much excess poop lying around.
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Chances are, you don't need a RO/DI system.

Do you have more info about your tank? Size, lighting, fertilization, CO2 injection? Do you have lots of plants? If your plants have all the nutrients they need, they will outcompete the algae.
I have a 180 Gallon with 589watts of lighting. I use Liqued Firtz, tablets and Presurized CO2. I have 2 Ehime Canister filters a 2217 and a 2215. I do Fortnightly water changes of about 20% water and usually does with Firtz when I do this. I guess I have about 30 plants in the tank.
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Agree with Jastor, just water change it. I have high phosphate level, but that just reduce my algae.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-24-2006, 09:49 AM
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i use phosguard and it does a great job in helping me keep algae in check.
lfs sells 500ml for $10, awesome deal. another one sells it for $24, so look around for the best price.
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