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Old 06-05-2011, 03:01 AM   #1
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Too much phosphate?

My phosphate is at 0.25, is that enough to start making my monti cap bleach, and bubble tip start to bleach out? I don't get paid till the 17th. P.s. I'm finally employed and am a manager at PetCo. Figured I would help them turn there bad saltwater rep around.
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Phosphate won't cause bleaching. I may cause corals to "brown out" and it will cause nusiance algae growth.
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Well is that too much though?
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:06 PM   #4
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Above 0.1 is too much.
Phosphate remover will work in 24 hours.
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:20 PM   #5
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Any phosphates can have a negative impact on your reef. I suggest trying to find the source first before using the chemicals.
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Well I dont get paid for two weeks. Guess I'm SOL
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Find an iron based phosphate remover and use it sparingly, don't have to keep it in 24/7. I'm pretty sure phosban is iron based and therefore safer in reefs.
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Well is that too much though?
If you can detect any amount on a test kit it's too much, but as I said, it will not cause a coral to bleach. If your corals are bleaching there's another problem and it's not phosphate.
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Phosban is like 10 bucks tops for a reasonable amount. They sell it at most fish stores. And you don't have to keep it in all day, just plop in it until phosphates are down and remove, and keep up with water changes until the next phosphate dilemma.
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