Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Chambersburg, PA
Consequences/symptoms of too little phosphates?
I've searched and found oodles of threads on here about the symptoms and consequences of too much phosphate, but not a whole lot on what happens if you dont' have enough. I have been keeping my nitrates, potassium, and traces in order for quite some time, but my testings have shown that my phosphate levels are sorely lacking.
At the moment I have everything dialed in to the point that my tank is nearly 95% algae free with of course the exception of minor spot algae on the tank walls which I clean off every week. I'm otherwise happy with my tank as is, except for my subulata which has been very very slow in recovering/spreading after my horrible battle with BGA took a bunch of it out just over 2 months ago.
What exactly does phosphate do for plants? Someone told me it aids in root development. If that's true then I suppose it explains why my sublata has been so slow in spreading. At the moment I can't justify putting any in given the otherwise seemingly perfect balance I have achieved in my tank. Can anyone provide some insight into this? I find it odd that I bought a pound of the stuff from Greg Watson yet I've hardly touched it at all.
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