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Old 08-11-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Phosphate Reactor

What is the general opinion on these devices? Can anyone recommend a good HOB system for my 30 Gal. Deep Blue Coral tank? I don't have a major algae problem but I do have a minor Cyano problem. I do not feed my tank and the only fish I have is a Psychedelic Dragonet that must b feeding the Cyano thru the normal food cycle. (Copepods)
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Pods wont lead to a cyano bloom to my knowledge. How is the flow in that spot? Still using ro/di? Nitrate and phosphate levels?
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I think he met when te mandarin poops them out lol.
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Still one fish...with proper filtration and water changes, which I'm sure crabs does, there won't be a problem...
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Yes, it's behooving as to why I have even the tiniest Cyano problem. I'm OCD about water quality, purity, etc. and yet this stuff creeps in still. This Dragonet must b crapping constantly. I was just wondering if a phosphate reactor is worth troubling with. I don't want to starve my Copepods or CUC by removing all the good algae. I've had this problem before as my BioCube went thru a Cyano stage. But it came and went mysteriously. This bacteria in my 30Gal. seems to b hanging in there for some reason
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Well what has been happening im the tank? This the coral tank? Maybe just black out the tank.
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Yes. I have done this as well. Unfortunately the little bit of good algae suffers and the Cyano returns when I crank up my Radions again. It's seriously a catch 22. I notice a reduction in copepods when the good algae begins to disappear and I don't want my Dragonet to starve as this is his only food source. I've been contemplating a phosphate reactor to compliment my skimmer along with the filter but I can't seem to find much info on how well these things work
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I have a phosphate reactor and it does indeed work well at reducing phosphates.

I have found that regular old algae is great for pods to live in, my dragonets are always hunting in my algae patches. lol

But if you wanna reduce the phosphates then I would try the reactor. just run regular GFO in it and within a day or two you will see a reduction. I have both a two little fishies reactor as well as a BRS reactor and both work well.

Hope that helps a bit
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That could kill the "good" algae though. That's the only thing I would be worried about.
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