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Old 02-28-2005, 08:56 PM   #1
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Question about Phosphate(sp?) Levels

I realize that phosphates affect your live rock, but my question is will the phosphates affect or kill my bristle worms in the rock and tank? And how harmful is it to fish and starfish. Thanks for your time.
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Old 02-28-2005, 09:11 PM   #2
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I could be wrong but, I don't think phosphates are harmful to livestock. It's just a fuel source for undesirable algaes and cyano.
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OK.. Glad to hear it. Thank you Fluff.
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I do not think PO4 is bad for LR either. It is just good practice to keep levels down so you do not get those bad algeas.
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Well I thought that phosphate was effecting my live rock because my rock is fading to white. My levels are ph-8.3, ammonia-0, nitrite-0, nitrate-5, salinity -1.025, calcium-480, alkalinity-4. I don't know what my phosphate level is(don't have a test kit). Any ideas on what may be causing this to happen.
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Well I thought that phosphate was effecting my live rock because my rock is fading to white. My levels are ph-8.3, ammonia-0, nitrite-0, nitrate-5, salinity -1.025, calcium-480, alkalinity-4. I don't know what my phosphate level is(don't have a test kit). Any ideas on what may be causing this to happen.
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Is this new LR? Have you changed lighting? The white is probably some dieback of coralline algae.
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No, the tank and rock are 3 months old. My lighting is only 2 2' flouros.
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Have you had any ammonia in the perameters lately? Check to see if the white can be fanned or blown off. It may just be detritus or sand settling. If not it is probably as I stated earlier some coralline die back.
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Three months old is still relatively new. It could be die off or some bleaching from your lights. Give it time, it should come back.
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