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Old 04-21-2012, 09:55 PM   #11
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I use the phos pads at the intake of my fuge, mainly because of necessity at this point as I don't have a reactor setup yet. IMO, they help with keeping phosphates out of the tank, but they really won't cure an existing problem. I change it out monthly, rinsing it weekly with my PWC. Like I said, I think it helps keep it out, but it won't bring down high mlevels of phosphate. A reactor is def the way to go, long-term.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:04 PM   #12
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Ok so at least their not a gimmic , that makes me a lil happier , so good an controlling but not reducing .... Well at least it wit get worse ...... At a speedy rate, I'm about to get a five running soon to help with the phos and trates
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:05 PM   #13
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Overall, cheato is used widley in the hobby just because it does not absorb large amount of anything asside from nitrates. When you talk about things like mangroves and hamildas or other calcifying macro algaes, they do absorb calcium just as our corals do. It becomes up to you if you want them in your system and gauging if you can keep them happily supplied with calcium.

I am currently only running cheato in my fuge. I have not finished plumbing my new 55, but it will be running a dual reactor for phosban and activated carbon. Obv the phos-whatever is good at reducing phosphates. These canisters and reactors become more effective the more water they can be in contact with, similar to a UV filter.
So cheato dosent do much for phosphates ? Is this correct ? That is what I got from their , I hold out on the mangroves until everything is a lil more stable
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:33 PM   #14
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I have never read anywhere about a macro algae that removes phosphates.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:31 AM   #15
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I have never read anywhere about a macro algae that removes phosphates.
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...01&pcatid=2401

Specifically references phosphates :-/
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:24 AM   #17
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So these both help with phosphates then , I mean I'm no expert but phosphate essentially is basic terms " plant food "in a marine Eco system ( from what if read ) and will cause algae to grow and expedient rates , so if micro algae will consume phosphates and nitrates then mist macro algae should help with this as well :-/ ( not including the more delicate macro algae )
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Yes, you are correct. Was running 4 hours of sleep and wasn't thinking clearly on the phosphate part. Cheato will help with both.
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