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Old 03-11-2011, 03:11 PM   #1
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Too much LR in my tank?

Is it possible to have too much LR? I have 48 lbs in my 29 gallon regular tank. When I was buying a new coral today they tested my water and the phosphates are still high= 1.0. They suggested something might be leaching phospahte since I've been doing crazy water changes and I am running FO in my filter.

Any input? Or just a crazy thought?
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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48 lbs is fine for the 29g. Look into your water supply. I use chemi pure. Works wonders. You get two so you can dry one to recharge it and always have one in the sump.

Where did you get the LR?
have you tested your SW mix? Some salt mixes have phosphate
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:48 PM   #3
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I'm using ro water now since my tap water is at 2.0 phos. lol

I got 33 lbs of it from a guy breaking down his 300 gallon and 15 at the LFS.

I've tested the ro water though, just to be sure and it's clean.

Unfortunately I dont have a sump. Running an HOB and a skimmer though.

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Do you know what kind of rock it is? And where he got his and the LFS got theirs?
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They are both fiji rock. Pretty porous. The 33 lbs came from a tank over 3 years old so no idea and the LFS well, the one I got it from who knows. i dont shop there anymore. I will say the LFS rock was in better shape and had some coralline which has since bleached off since my cycling.
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If you haven't completely changed out all the water with high phosphates it could be lingering?
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LOL I've prob changed the water volume 4 times or more already. Not all at once of course. I'm even running some FO in the HOB and I can't seem to get lower than 1.0.

I'll be doing a 10 gallon pwc shortly so hopefully that will help. I also took out some of the nastier looking rocks.
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Try and contact the person and ask them if they used tap water.
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Actually, I know he used RO cause he showed me the setup and told me I had to use it too. LOL

See, kinda baffling isnt it?
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what about your mixing bucket, do you rinse it out with normal tap water or RO water. the phosphates could linger on it. as well you could try and changed all the water in the aquarium to try and drop the phosphate level. do like a 25 gallon water changeand check it all out
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