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Likely a stupid question regarding phosphate

I'm setting up a new tank and am going to run a sump for it. That said I have a DC pump that although has many flow settings I'd like to add some media reactors and tee off the return to feed them. One may very well be co2 another carbon when needed and the third I'm thinking gfo for phosphates. Easiest way to rid a tank of phosphate loving algae that I know of, but will this hurt my crypts? They'll have access to root tabs, I may or may not dose depending if I do the co2 or not.


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Hi, for me removing phosphates from a planted tank is nonsense. Many dose phosphates in their planted tank.

Plants need phosphates to grow, it is an important macronutrient for them.

There have been no proof of phosphates being responsible of algae in a planted tank, despite all the talk about it. There are many successfull planted tanks with high levels of phosphates and no algae.

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Hi, for me removing phosphates from a planted tank is nonsense. Many dose phosphates in their planted tank.

Plants need phosphates to grow, it is an important macronutrient for them.

There have been no proof of phosphates being responsible of algae in a planted tank, despite all the talk about it. There are many successfull planted tanks with high levels of phosphates and no algae.

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Thank you, figured it was dumb. Been a while some I've played with plants

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For any standard dosing (EI, PPS, whatever), we dose phosphates (KH2PO4). I've seen people using a phosphate remover for the purposes of algae control in saltwater tanks, but it's generally accepted that at least a certain amount of phosphates is necessary for fw plants.
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For any standard dosing (EI, PPS, whatever), we dose phosphates (KH2PO4). I've seen people using a phosphate remover for the purposes of algae control in saltwater tanks, but it's generally accepted that at least a certain amount of phosphates is necessary for fw plants.
Yeah I asked cause it helps so much in reefs

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For any standard dosing (EI, PPS, whatever), we dose phosphates (KH2PO4). I've seen people using a phosphate remover for the purposes of algae control in saltwater tanks, but it's generally accepted that at least a certain amount of phosphates is necessary for fw plants.
Learned this recently. Was at about 1-2ppm phosphate and was having a lot of GSA on everything. Changed my PPS-Pro mix to include more KH2PO4 and raised my phosphate level to 5ppm and now the GSA level is much better.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/23...king-help.html
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