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Old 12-21-2013, 11:45 PM   #1
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Controlling phosphates

I am new to reef tank! What do I need to do to keep my phosphates low? Preventative maintenance ideas!
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:16 AM   #2
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Ro-do is definitely #1, not over feeding is also a good way to keep levels down.
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:23 AM   #3
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Yep, #1 thing is using ro/di water. Also, if you feed frozen you can rinse the food before adding it as the water its frozen in is chock full of phosphates.
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Yup I use ro/di, was rinsing frozen food then stopped so will start again!
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Probably also depends on filtration. If it's not the strongest possible then probably feeding dry food is a good way to avoid overfeeding. I quit feeding frozen food and feed my fish about five 1mm pellets per fish each day. Nitrates have been between 0-10 at the highest. No phosphate problems. Hair algae is gone.
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Also, keeping bio load on a lighter side. More fish require more food. More food means more fish poop. To me increase in phosphates almost always went hand in hand with increase in nitrates.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:15 AM   #7
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I think over feeding the frozen is the source of my problem!
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:10 PM   #9
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I think over feeding the frozen is the source of my problem!
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How often do you feed?
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Been feeding every day.
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