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Old 03-06-2007, 01:06 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the help. I havent tested my water for phosphate but my nitrates are good. I have 5 snails and 3 hermit crabs now With all your advice hopefully Ill be able to get things cleared up. Thanks again!!
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In my experience phosphates are hard to detect if there is cyano present. I believe it feeds off of it so fast that there are only slight readings, if any.
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Am I wrong to perminantly have a baggy of RowaPhos on the go? I dont have Phos probs but roka's last post concerned me as I do get Cyano.
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Am I wrong to perminantly have a baggy of RowaPhos on the go? I dont have Phos probs but roka's last post concerned me as I do get Cyano.
How often do you change your RowaPhos? I'm not familiar with that brand and how long or what indicators show it is time for rinsing or a change. Keep in mind nitrAtes can be the cause of cyano.
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Am I wrong to perminantly have a baggy of RowaPhos on the go? I dont have Phos probs but roka's last post concerned me as I do get Cyano.
I don't think running it permanently would hurt anything, but it isn't the cheapest stuff in the world. Seems like it'd be an expensive "just in case" thing, when you might not even need it to start with.
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No, I think it's a great product. As Kurt_N said it will not hurt anything to run a ferric oxide PO4 reducer 24/7. Start at half the recommended amount, and monitor the tank, at first. It will actually help clear up the water even if your using GAC, and a skimmer IME, and prevent nuisance algae growth. If you are having cyano issues I would recommend you start using Rowaphos or a similar ferric oxide PO4 binder at least temporarily. PO4 is hard to detect, as Roka pointed out. A good test kit is needed and even they can be deceiving. PO4 and nitrate both contribute to algae problems. Not overfeeding or overstocking, doing regular PWC's, and checking your source water for PO4/NO3 will limit future outbreaks. FWIW Sometimes even RO/DI units will not remove all the PO4. HTH
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