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Man, I have to say, this doesn't track with my observations at all.

According to this, I should have all sorts of algae problems with significant phosphate dosing. As a newer hobbyist, it's really frustrating because there are so many loud voices with diametrically opposed positions on phosphates in the planted tank.

My read of the situation has been that the recommendation to eliminate phosphates in freshwater planted aquariums is either outdated thinking or misapplied thinking from saltwater tanks. I have chosen to listen to the voices that say to focus on plant health - including phosphate dosing - and that has worked out for me.
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