Need info on Phos remover

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  1. mookz

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    Hi Guys

    Is there a "best" phos remover media?
    Is there a suggested brand that most guys use?

    Do I have to have a reactor for it, or can I run it in a stocking or bag?
    If in the reactor should it be Fluidised.

    Thx in advance!!

    ps. i need to post more pics and vids of my tank :)
     
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    rowaphos, and aquamedic aquiphos are good and i have used both, ideally placed in a reactor with a consistent flow through them and recharged every 6- 7 months..

    but placed in a stocking they also work but in a more passive action.

    the nice thing about these medias are that they trap and do not rerelease the nasties back into the system..

    seachem also do a product called phosgaurd which is also very good i have heard..
     
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    I personally dont like using PO4 removers, as I think it is "plugging the hole" so to say.

    Firstly I think one needs to be aware of what causes the PO4 and address that through good husbandry.

    Having said that however they seem to be a necessary evil in order to have the pristine tanks we all aim for , and then I would have to recommend Rowaphos as well. Pricey but worth the money gram for gram
     
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    i fully agree that treating the cause and not the system is very important as this will assit in lessening phos in the 1st place,

    Aiming at foods and purified water that have less or very little phos will assit in an overall reduction in the need for a remover..

    but as a precaution owing to its uerfriendlyness i would still add phos remover for the shortfall..
     
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    What about the keeping of Chaeto in your sump? (Although it seems not readiliiy available)
     
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    Thank you for the good info guys.

    So rowaphos in a reactor, does anyone know how much this will set me back?
    The reactor is going to cost +/- R850 excluding pump, and the cost of the rowaphos +/-?
     
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    Unfortunately my sump is a Cryptic Zone, no light.
     
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    Nothing wrong with keeping chaeto it will aslo assist in nitrate removal, but does have the possibility of dying off and reintroducing waste into the system..

    if regularly harvested it can be used either by itself or with a phos remover,

    The phosphate sensitivity of the corals involved will decide the degree of a reactors necessary.. usually most require very little phos (if any above .01) so we stick a media of somesorts in to assit in keeping the level at a minimum..
     
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    the finest reef systems in the world is run with phosphate due to die off in rock and sand beds that we cannot see or get to,yes with regular water changes you will get rid of at least 50% or so but you still need phosphate to do the rest,and Nemos excellent read there
     
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