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PO4 challenge.

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We all know PO4 can play havoc on our reef tanks. But do you know what your really adding to the tank. Here is a PO4 challenge you all should take. 

1/4 Tsp of your dry foods your feeding your fish. To 1 cup of RO/DI water. Put in a blender for 2 min on high. Let set 15min Blend for one more min. After settling take a sample and do a PO4 test. 

Remember livestock that eats this food will also poop it out. If there is even a trace of PO4 it will be pooped out and build up. 

EX.

1/4Tsp of flake. 1/4 Tsp of pellet 1 cup of RoDi water blend and test as above

Take the reeding divide by16 Than divide by the gallons you have. Than Xs by the Times you feed in a 7 day week. This will give you the amount of PO4 your adding with out knowing. 

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Interesting idea.  Virtually every living (or previously live) tissue will contain phosphate - it’s a component of the primary energy molecule, ATP (adenosine triphosphate), and many others involved in metabolic pathways.  We will never be rid of it, but it is always a good idea to be judicious with what we add to our tanks!  Have you actually tried testing as you described?  I wonder it it would be above the test levels?

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I have and it was surprising. I cut out a lot of pellet foods due to it. A dry food comes out and its all about try it. Do we really know what's in it. What was the food source washed in? What is the adding binders. What did the products eat as a diet befor ground up? 

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