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Special Interest Forums (Salt Water) => Water Chemistry => Topic started by: on August 23, 2012, 03:59:23 PM

Title: I hate phosphates
Post by: on August 23, 2012, 03:59:23 PM
I started my 55gal FOWLR years ago using ::gasp:: Folly Beach tap water. Alas, phosphates. I've been doing a s*** ton of water changes using water from a recently acquired RO unit and PhosGuard in the sump, but I've done well over a full 60gal worth of water changes accumulatively and phosphates have only dropped to 0.5. I really want to convert this to a reef tank (even have the rad lighting system waiting in the closet for it). Anybody have a phosphate reactor they're looking to sell? Is there any way to get these phosphates out other than draining the tank, cleaning out the gravel, and starting over?
Title: Re: I hate phosphates
Post by: js1218 on August 23, 2012, 06:51:36 PM
Lin has one I give her a call get her look at forum
Title: Re: I hate phosphates
Post by: SDangerfield on August 23, 2012, 09:40:20 PM
I am happy to hear you want to have a reef tank. I think if you can maintain your phosphates at .5 you will be fine with corals. Do some researh about the type of coral you want and see how tolerant it is phosphates. .5 in my option is acceptable, but you really don't want it much higher.

Make sure that everything you put in the tank is phosphate free.