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my phosphates are way to high, i am going to do two water changes twice a week to try and get them down. would it be wise to try a phosphate remover? or are these chemicals bad news for planted tanks.
 

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i should add that my substate was kinda dirty. i have been cleaning it as best i can with every water change for quite some time. the water from the tap reads less than .5ppm
 

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Plants love phosphate. Mine is constantly at 10ppm or more.
 

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I would say just do everything like normal, just don't dose it until it is lower.
I haven't heard many bad things that can happen because of too high phosphates in a planted tank. Just don't dose it
 

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yeh. don't douse it till your plants look like they need it or you get GSA.
I've never figured out what PPM thgey are supose to be at. But I try and keep mine at 2ppm. my tank seems to be ok with that.
 

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hi,
my phosphates are way to high, i am going to do two water changes twice a week to try and get them down. would it be wise to try a phosphate remover? or are these chemicals bad news for planted tanks.
so what problem is is causing? brown algae or what?
 

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ya there is some brown algea and the water isn't very clear, not cloudy but it used to look nicer. my test results are over 10ppm don't know exactly because test only measures up to 10ppm (i get a very, very dark blue)
 
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