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.

Testing for Alkalinity

Any reef aquarium hobbyist that attempts a stony-coral dominated aquarium should be very familiar with calcium and alkalinity levels. We covered Calcium in our last video so this video will focus mainly on Alkalinity.