Originally Posted by ReeferRob
Fire your name is Rick as well?
Fire, how old or how long has the tank been set up? Could be just new tank syndrome with the diatoms and cyno. Not sure if running an pban would help that issue. For me when I was battling it, I won by water changes, regular stirring of the bed and adding lost of nassy snails.
I've also read that although we strive to eliminate phosphates from our system, it can be detrimental to coral growth as some phosphates are necassary for color and growth. I've seen some of the most successful tanks who only run GFO
total of 7 days a month. And usually just after a water change for 12-24 hours.
Something I am deffinetely researching right now as I hope to maintain the phosphates in my tank so it does not become a major issue down the road with algae and leaching from rocks and sand.
Yarp, its my, to the right of the middle name, First name is fire, middle, bretha.
I also tend to go by bender bending rodriguez. JK, I introduce my self to folks I meet offline from online as "fire" you utilize your username so much it becomes your identity. Well... Kind of identity... I am actually much weirder in person.
Tank is around 9+ months seeded from another tank so its past NTS. I need to add like 1 star to start sifting better and slowly, but I think by increasing my bed depth I can maintain better consistancy with good bacteria. I think the fish stir the bed too much when they throw it around (dumb clowns and damsel).
I wasnt sure if Pban would help either but still nice to test out! interesting concept on the 7 day run time on phosban...
If you reduce your phosphate level by "50%" by a water change and then attempt to decrease your phosphate level by another "40%" via phosban wouldnt that be a detremental shock to your system?
I prefer a consistency rather than shocking the tank. I believe in larger "ranges" over consistency except in this case where you are dealing with nutrients in the tank.
I wonder what the phosphate level of the ocean is? in what areas, etc...