Hikari Seaweed extreme

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  1. elrohiras

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    Hi all, spot of advise. I have been adding a small pinch of Hikari Seaweed Extreme with defrosted mysis as my daily feed for almost a year, mostly to get some veg in my tangs and other herbi/omni fish.
    I have always struggled to keep phosphate levels down at 0.02 ish where I want them (currently up again to 0.08). I see the Hikari has 0.5% phosphorus.
    I'm guessing this could be contributing, even though I'm currently dosing NoPox. I also give nori on odd occasion.

    Any suggestions on a seaweed alternative that would not add phosphates to my system?
     
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    I think frozen food adds a lot more unnecessary phosphate, as more of it doesn't get eaten and goes into the water than with pellets, especially if you don't drain the frozen food before feeding. I think any organic food will add phosphates to the water, not sure you can get away from it.
     
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    I normally defrost and rinse it in RO water, I just noticed the Hikari Coralific Delight also contains phosphorus which I use weekly as well.

    I would have thought pellets would have had more, being processed and all?..
     
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    I think phosphate levels is correlated with protein levels AFAIK, so higher protein foods should contain more phosphorus? But not really an expert in organic chemistry.
     
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    When you thaw your frozen foods, chuck it in a tea strainer and rinse it with some R/O water. The frozen foods contribute to a lot of Po4
     
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    Interesting read, thanks
     
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    So tested my phosphate with a salifert kit today and get 0?..
    Red Sea pro still 0.08.
    Who to believe?
    Nitrates at 0.1
     
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    Phosphates up again, took the plunge today and got a second hand Bubble Magus mini 7 reactor and some Seachem Phosgaurd. Will set up later today, will probably remove chaeto from fuge to make cleaning easier if it works.
     
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