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Old 06-04-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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Algae Control Products

Are they any good? You're meant to be able to add some to your tank to prevent unwanted algae growth.

Anyone have any experience with them, or do you advise leaving chemicals like this out of your tank?

I have lots of hair algae all over my rock and live sand
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Old 06-04-2004, 04:42 PM   #2
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I had the same problem. Steve helped me out, he told me it was because my phosphate was to high. I bought a phosphate pad from my LFS and used it and within a day you could see it working. HTH
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What's a phosphate pad?
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It is a pad that goes in your filter and it fust lowers the phosphates. I'm sure there is many other ways but that is the only thing I could find at my LFS and it worked great! Go to you r LFS and ask them what they have, also bring them a water sample so they can see how high it is. HTH
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Cool - I have an Eheim canister filter, which uses the filter media balls, rather than foam pads.

Don't know where I'd put the phosphate pad...
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Mark, here in UK pretty much everyone uses Rowaphos.. it comes with a little sock that you fill with the granules and then you either put it in your cannister or in a high flow area in the tank. It works very well.
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Ahh, great - how often does it have to be replaced, and how much is it?

The granules being my filter media balls?
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The rowaphos is granules.. I already threw away the box so I'm not sure how much was in there but it was just over a tenner for enough to treat 300L w/ 1ppm phos.. basically if your phosphates are crazy high then you use it acutely, ie replace the whole lot every couple days.. then when your levels drop you use it more long term, ie the same granules are left in for a month.

I know some people who just run it continously like carbon.. and because their levels are so low they don't have to change it for months.
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Cool - and will I have enough room in my Eheim (2327) for the bag??
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.. and because their levels are so low they don't have to change it for months.
Just be sure if you do it is not an aluminum based product (which Rowaphos is not), it will affect coral health.

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