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Old 05-28-2009, 07:30 AM   #11
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Well I reread the original post. So you are not using tap water that's good however have you tested the water from lfs? I was using my own rodi water and had vert low nitrates yet my phosphates were booming so I would suggest gfo and a gfc if you want.
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:35 AM   #12
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Ok, you are going to have to explain that one. Please share exactly what in that picture tells you that he has high phosphate.
The hair algae. 9 times out of 10 equals high phosphates.
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Ghostknife. Thanks for the reply. Hadn't considered testing water from lfs. Will do. Also, since you are suggesting ferric oxide as a solution, I am assuming that it won't harm anything in my tank. Will read up on it to get educated a bit more.
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Get your water tested first. Specifically ask for a phosphate and nitrate test. Don't spend the money on GFO until you confirm your phosphate level. Do you run activated carbon in your filter? What kind of food do you feed?

BTW: that daylight coming in all day is going to be a major contributor.

Also. BRS doesn't make GFO. They import it from the sole manufacturer for the aquarium industry (possibly the sole manufacturer w/ the patent I think) in Germany. Sometime ago I posted the company who had just been sold to a bigger conglomerate.
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Okay well I dont care where it comes from but its darn good stuff. It cured up my hair algae in no time and I continuously run it in a media bag in my sump. I have had no problems and it does not harm your tank to run it all the time. In fact its a good thing to keep your phosphates low. REALLY GOOD+++ I would run GFO no matter what and maybe some activated carbon that will keep your levels of phosphate low with the GFO. If you plan on having SPS itd be a good idea too. Just some of my thoughts and I am having success. I was on my phone earlier and could not go into detail.
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are you testing your own water or letting your lfs test it? sometimes your lfs will lie to you about your water quality in hopes you will purchase something from them with a false hope of good WATER QUALITY. i have experienced this first hand.
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