Phosphate removers

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    [FONT=&quot]What’s the feeling on Red Sea’s NO3-PO4 X? [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Have been dosing with it for about a week now, phosphate reading has come down slightly, but I’m worried it’s affecting a piece of red goneopora, which is not opening up. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Should I rather use the pellets? I know I cannot use them while I’m using the Red Sea product. Any suggestions?[/FONT]
     
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    Do not flip flop through different options that fast.

    Decide on a way forward and stick to it.

    Pellets can take up to 6 weeks to be fully functional. You need to gradually move over from one form of filtration to another, giving the new one time to adjust and kick in.

    Goniapora is a difficult coral for some. Are you target feeding it? Goni powder is good.
    You got no clowns trying to host in it either?
     
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    No pox technically isn't a phosphate remover, it's a carbon source that increase bacteria thus reducing nutrients.
    If phosphates are the problem, rather use something like seachem phosgaurd
     
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    Thanks for that. Forgot to mention, I have also done two 10% water changes on alternate days, which seems to work. I'll do a third one today (that's three in a week!)
     
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    Give the nopox a chance, I'm running it and it takes a week or three to kick in and make a noticeable difference, but you do also need to run phosphate remover with it.
     
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    Thanks, will do.
     
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    [FONT=&quot]Speaking of Seachem Phosguard, I believe the pellets can be dried and used again. If so, once, twice more?[/FONT]
     
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    Depends on the phosphate and silicate levels when used the first time.
    The bond is permanent, and once media is exausted it is exausted. The only way to test is by investing in an accurate PO4 tester (such as Hanna HI 736 or Hanna HI 713) and then measure the PO4 concentration before passing through media and comparing it to a measurement after passing through your phosguard
     
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    Thanks, duly noted.
     

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