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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-08-2009, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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High phosphate level in my angel tank

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I have a moderately planted 46 g bf with 2 large angels and 2 LF ABNís.
Until a month ago, I was using DIY CO2 & fertilizing EI.
I switched to pressurized CO2 and am trying PPS-pro now.
I usually check for nitrites only on a daily routine. But on whim,
I just checked the NH3, NH4, & phosphate levels:
Ammonia tested 0
NitrItes 0
Phosphate 1 ppm.
I checked the phosphate again and got the same reading.
I then checked the El Paso city water out of my tap and it read .5 ppm.
That reading is point five, not five ppm.

Question: Should I be overly concerned with the phosphate level?

I canít remember exactly when I bought the test kit(s).
The nitrite and ammonia kits are less than two months old.
None of my kits are over a year old. They are all made by API.

PH level is 6.5 on the pH controller and also on the pH test kit.
Plants are 2 Ė 20Ē E. Bleheri, a lot of L. Repens, some jungle vals,
several crypts and one Apon. crispus.
I have an A&H 96 watt CFL retrofit in a DIY hood.
XP2 canister.
Even though I shouldnít have to, I still do a 50-60% PWC
and a gravel vac once a week.

Thanks in advance

Charles
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-08-2009, 09:32 PM
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No real need for concern. Of course, if your tap water contains phosphates at that level, there is no need to dose either. Just one thing off your list.


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No real need for concern. Of course, if your tap water contains phosphates at that level, there is no need to dose either. Just one thing off your list.
The .5 ppm of phosphate in the tap water means you don't need to dose phosphates only if your plants need less than .5 ppm to meet their needs for the entire time between water changes. If .5 ppm would normally be what you would dose 3 times a week, you would still want to dose that the second two times following a water change. In any case, 1 ppm of phosphate in the tank is not a problem. Nor would 2 or 3 ppm be likely to be a problem.

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Thanks Wasser & Hoppy,
I'm gonna be more dilligent in my water testing.
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don't worry with test kits too much.. it's time consuming and isn't that accurate. It's better to read your fish and plants. The test kits are good at double checking and confirming.


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