Originally Posted by Warpig
Can I pick your brain on my two proposed methods (a few posts up) of working out my phosphate issue? Do either of the above sound like they would be a workable way to work out my phosphate issue in addition to the RO filter media change and addition of a DI stage. I was thinking method 1 as I'd really like to replace the sand in the tank and go with a shallower sand bed. I figure while Im at it i will remove the algae from my rock and whatever else comes out of it. Do at least a 50% water change at the same time and set up a couple of PhosBan Reactors with some RowaPhos. There are a ton of snail shells in my tank that were/are part of the live sand. I honestly don't know if any of them have dead snails rotting in them, there are allot of shells and I have only looked into a few of them. I think getting rid of the sand and all those shells with whatever may be dead inside of them and laying down a fresh sandbed of 80lbs of aragonite and 40 lbs of new live aragonite would help. But I'm a newb so may not see some of the pitfalls to a plan like I have come up with.
pick my brain? there's not much there! lol. Anyhow let me stasrt by giving you a history to my current tank. i upgraded to a new tank and did the following.
1. removed all live stock from the old tank and stored them in a 30 allon tank with a filter and some of the live rock for bio filtration.
2. removed all my rocks and used a steel brush scraping them completely clean and throwing them into a garbage can filled with SW and an air stone for a several days.
3. removed all the sand and tossed it into my garden.
4. used new sand and made a low sand bed in the new aquarium. never reuse old san otherwise major roblems!
5. re-scape the new tank with the rocks from the garbage can
6. took some left over rocks and threw them into the sump.
7. loaded up on rowaphos canister and ran it and is a constant in my new setup.
8. huge skimmer
9. in the process i lost one fish, a maroone clown. i had to seperate him from the rest of the fish because he was too agressive and forgot that he was in another tank so he froze to death.
i now have undetectable phosphates.
so i would pick option 2. run rowaphos no matter if you can detect phosphates or not because algae can consume phosphates at the same rate phosphate is being released and you'll never detect it and can't figure out why algae s growing. just MHO
this is how my current tank look now at least the left side!