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Old 07-23-2012, 12:14 AM   #1 
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Question phosphate removers

I've been battling brown algea for months now and was thinking about trying a phosphate remover. Has anyone here tried Phosban, Phosbuster or Fluval Clearmax? Or anyother phosphate remover?

Any input is appreciated!
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oO did you test for phosphates?
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Yes, the tap water in my area is very high in phosphates.
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Wellthe phosphate is likely less harmful to fish than the chemicals :/ I would say invest in some plants like duckweed, so there is something to out compete the algae and you can throw it out when there are too many, permanantly removing the algae.

Other low light fast growing plants might be a good choice too. I thought brown algae generally manifests in low light?
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I have anubias, cryptocoryne wendtii, java fern and bolbitis heteroclita.
My tank has 7600k LED lighting, I believe that would be considered low lighting. I've been leaving the light on for about 10 hours.


I would prefer to not use chemicals but I have yet to find an alternative solution.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:35 PM   #6 
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I bought the Fluval Clearmax and will give it a try. If anyone has had experience with this product please share.
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