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Phosphate resins for Algae control

Discussion in 'Algae Control' started by eddtango, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. eddtango

    eddtango Prolific Poster

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    Is it possible to use Phosguard , Rowaphos or any resin to remove excess phosphates in a planted tank?
     
  2. Professor Myers

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    They WILL remove excess phosphate, unfortunately in all likelyhood the plants will definitely suffer, and the algae will probably accelerate, and bloom.

    I fell for this marketing Hog Wash back in the day. I tried damn near all of them, and never achieved this low phosphate / algae free nirvana. So I scrapped the program, and started on a strict EI regimen W/ liberal Co2. Guess what ? That Bad Ole Algae just went away. Go Figure ? I used the remnants of the program for phosphate deprivation experiments with plants. Can you say Crooked Babies ? No phosphate = UGLY crooked @$$ Plants !

    If it were a controlled SW reef environment, and phosphate were an issue I'd say sure WTH ? An Aquatic Herp Tank...Maybe ? FW Planted Aquariums... No Way !!!

    Rowaphos is in my opinion the best (Most Efficient), but as far as I'm concerned it may as well be poison. I had some backwash out of a reactor into the sump once. Naturally being a good custodian I did a waterchange. Unfortunately that drain goes to grey water for my lawn. To make a long story short I had a reverse mohawk in the very center of my yard for 2 years, and it's only now coming back, and that only after applying several applications of phosphate, and the past 2 years irrigation. We don't often think of filter media as a contaminant but absolutely DO NOT dump this rubbish down the drain or dump it in the yard. :eek:

    I DO loath Boogie Man stories on forums. It's your call, and your decision. Personally I'd re-invest the money in Co2 or TMG and call it a day ! ;)

    Be Very Careful What You Wish For. :eek:

    Excess algae is the result of a Nutrient "Imbalance". Stick with W/C's and EI dosing. Mi Dos Centavos or .021152 Canadian, Prof M.
     
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