Let There Be GFO

On the 5th day, the Aquarist discovered GFO, and found that it was Good.  On the 6th day, however, the Aquarist discovered Aquamaxx Phosphate Out Pro…..and found that it was BETTER. Like many reef enthusiasts, I run GFO in my aquarium to help with phosphate...

Why You Should Test for Phosphate

Phosphate, which is PO4 (that is one atom of phosphorous and four atoms of oxygen), is an essential trace compound in reef aquariums that is used in protein synthesis. In an aquarium, phosphate levels can get high and that opens the door for potential problems. The three biggest problems one can face from high phosphate are: 1. Algae blooms. Lack of phosphate in the water is one of the bottlenecks of algae growth. Remember it’s less than 0.05 ppm. When phosphate levels rise algae can grow out of control. 2. Coral Appearance. High phosphate can cause browning of corals as it promotes the proliferation of zooxanthellae which typically is more brown in color. 3. Phosphate can directly inhibit calcification. This is a big problem if you are like me and trying to grow lots of stony corals. If the phosphate is high, what can we do about it? There are actually a lot of different potential solutions to this problem. Music: Tracks: “Raindrops” Artist: David Cutter Music (http://www.davidcuttermusic.co.uk) License Terms: Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Video: Camera information: Canon C100 Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS macro Canon EF MP-E 65mm f/2.8 macro Sigma Art 18-35mm f/1.8 Free Fly Movi Pro Stabilizer Copyright Information: This video was shot and edited by Tidal Gardens. Tidal Gardens owns all intellectual property rights to this content.

Seachem Phosphate Multitest

Testing for phosphates is very important in the aquarium environment. We have already reviewed ReefStatus Calcium and ReefStatus Magnesium tests, and the results were good; today we’ll take a look at the Seachem phosphate...
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