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    Phosphate removers VS Macro algeas

    Ok, so I got some phosguard and seem to have alot less crap growing on my sand bed. So now Im wondering if the phosphate remover is going to compete with macroalgea and maybe steal all nessesary nutrients or should the macros do fine even with po4 removal?
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    Umm well I would say yes that is a for sure, those if us that use what ever products need to remember what we put in our tanks do certain things and then when we intro other products that compete directly for some of those foods sources this may be a major error. That would be like adding 20 clams to a 100 gallon tank and then going out and getting the best skimmer on the market to pull out all the crap in the tank.

    You would just defeat the purpose of getting the clams, you would also rob them of there natural food, and most likely the skimmer will be doing great and your will have lots of clam shells.
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    Thank you thezoo.

    I wonder, will some macros LIKE less po4 in the water and THRIVE or is it most likely that macros like halimeda,valencia, caulerpa will not survive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reefsurfer
    Thank you thezoo.

    I wonder, will some macros LIKE less po4 in the water and THRIVE or is it most likely that macros like halimeda,valencia, caulerpa will not survive?
    Hi reefsurfer,

    I have calerpa different variety`s growing since I changed my skimmer and started to use a P04 remover I have noticed they do not grow as fast and thining.But they are still alive and well in my fuge I think that with the slow flow through the fuge they have enough time to remove some waste and survive.
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    My macro algae on the rocks is hanging in, the only loss I incurred was a patch of xenia that bit the dust yesterday after a valiant fight after using phosguard. However a baby frag of xenia is doing well. I guess the mature xenia could not handle the stress but the baby is more vigourous. Good news is, hair algae is fading fast.
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    Swimfins, thats good news about the hair algae.
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    Swimfins, the phosguard affected your Xenia?

    I use Phosguard and never had an issue with my Xenia. It's amazing how different products yield different results with the same corals in different tanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReefSalt
    Hi reefsurfer,

    I have calerpa different variety`s growing since I changed my skimmer and started to use a P04 remover I have noticed they do not grow as fast and thining.But they are still alive and well in my fuge I think that with the slow flow through the fuge they have enough time to remove some waste and survive.

    Thanks Rob!
    Thats good to know. I have a ball of cheato I was hopping wouldnt wither away...
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    my experiance with po4 removers and macro algea is the same as Rob's.
    The key with macro algeas is to harvest a little on a regular basis. This is how one actually exports the nutrients that the algea absorbs. If the algea is just left there and it dies off and regrows in a natural cycle, then you wont be exporting much of the nutrients since each time a bit of algea dies it re-releases whatever it has absorbed back into the water.
    Now, Pat, once you have removed the algea, just throw it away!! Don't try to dry it out and smoke it or anything...it's really rough on the throat!!
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    :biglaugh2 :biglaugh2 :biglaugh2

    People arround here dont be needin to resort to that!

    As we are by the ocean there is plenty of seaweed to go round :silly: :silly: :silly:
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