Urgent help needed high phosphate levels

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  1. van

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    Hi
    How can I reduce phosphate levels in my tank. Have done numerous waterchanges the past month, added phosphate remover and still no luck. I'm worried about my corals and the brown algae is unsightly. Levels on 0.5 currently. have just added cycle, will that increase the levels again. Am worried about wipe out occuring.
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    Van
     
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  3. Manic

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    I would first check the results with another test kit.
     
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    Need more info on your setup, filtration, liverock, livestock, tank size etc etc.
     
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    im not too experieced but i reccommend seachem phosguard and chaeto
     
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    If you have a strong skimmer & lots of discipline you may try carbon dosing with vodka, sugar, vinegar etc. However it is important to determine the reasons that are leading to the high phosphates in the first place. Do you have bioballs? Are there lots of places which can collect detritus? What water are you using? how much do you feed?
     
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    Dean is online, pm him- he knows all about Phosphates ;)
     
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    When last you got a good hiding?
     
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    I meant it in the nicest of ways :lol:
     
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    We need to know a bit more about your tank.

    Do you have any green algae issues? How long has your tank been running? What test kit are you using? What lighting do you have and how old are the tubes/bulbs?

    The brown algae could just be diatoms which do go away after a while.

    Any photo's so we can see what is going on? Of both the tank and the sump.
     
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    Do you have any lava rock in the tank, for the reef base or so?
    You need to find out, where the PO4 is coming from. If you feed frozen food, do you rinse the food before feeding?

    In the meanwhile, maintain your Ca and alkalinity with adding kalkwasser. That will push your PO4 down a lot.
     
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