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Old 03-11-2011, 07:25 PM   #11
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I have a seperate bucket for ingoing water and outgoing water. So the nasty water doesnt get mixed back in. I did wash out the buckets, though not with ro water.

I just did a 10 gallon water change which by volume is like 50%. Letting the dust settle then I will test again. Theoretically it should be about half what it was. Give or take a bit.

I also had two smaller not so nice looking rocks that I took out. They had some clingy yucky stuff and fossilized clams on them. They were ugly anyway lol

I plan on doing another 10 gallon change this weekend sometime as well. The another by tuesday and that should get rid of them. In theory of course.

Thanks guys anything else anyone can think of? Think I'm going the right route? Always open to suggestions.
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Flake food and frozen food are big phosphates players in the SW aquarium. Are you using any of these.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:46 PM   #13
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nope. No fish yet.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:54 PM   #14
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Just did my testing went as follows:

API liquid test- .50 ( could even be .25 was close)
Saifert test- .75 ( kinda still close to 1.0 )

So a large pwc did bring down the numbers. Now if they go up theres something else going on. I started the tank over 2 months ago with regular tap water but it should be gone by now I'm thinking.
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should be but remember the water all goes into one once its mixed so the phosphate ppm will dispurse, as you take it out it'll slowly get less and less depending on the volume you take out.

have you tried to use some chemicals to neutralize the the phosphates?
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:03 PM   #16
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I have 40 lbs of rock in my 20 gal(some in my sump too)I used to have issues with algae and phosphates all the time. I bought this phosphate reactor(its called viaaqua multi-media reactor) for around $40 and use it with Phosban media. The next day after my purchase I tested my water and had 0 phosphates. After using it, i notice algae getting thinner and thinner, and then they just fall off and you get a much clearer tank...It also helps in case u use tap water(emergency) or some other source that has phosphates, since the next day or two the phosphates will be gone...
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