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Seachem Flourite and phosphate levels?

I have just cycled my jewel triton 190 and I have Flourite as the substrate
at the moment the phosphate levels are off the charts 10+ppm.

I have used the neutral regulator from seachem which I found out after I set up the thank it was phosphate based

What I'm wanting to know is does the Flourite substrate leach phosphate? As I wanna get r levels down before I add decent fish to stop algae blooms

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As far as I know, Flourite will not leach phosphates.

Do note that while unbalanced nutrient levels can cause algae, phosphates (alone) cannot. In fact, we actively dose phosphates into high light aquariums (amongst other fertilizers).

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But having 10+ppm is to hi isn't it ?
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BTW seachem neutral regulator does not cycle a tank on its own.

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I know but you need something to adjust the waters to the right parameters
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I know but you need something to adjust the waters to the right parameters
Not unless you have a major problem. What are your water's natural parameters?

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Ph up around 7.5 to 8 and really really soft water
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Ph up around 7.5 to 8 and really really soft water
Soft water is actually ideal for plants & nutrient uptake, the softer the better. PH is really irrelevant to the plants. The only parameters that really matter to plants are nitrates, phosphates, potassium and micro nutrients like; iron, calcium, magnesium etc (in very minimal quantities). Focus more on co2, lighting & fertilizer and your plants will thrive, regardless of what the pH is (anywhere from 5.5 to 8 is fine).

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