Seachem phosguard/carbon experiences

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  1. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Hey guys, im from India and the only product available for po4 removal is phosguard. I know and iv read amny forums and issues about aluminium leaching... seachem states that at ph above 8, leaching aluminium wont be an issue. Many have been using phosguard in mixed reef setups without any issue... what about matrix carbon? Is that good too? Im not intrested in seagel coz id rather used them seperately instead of mixing.

    Would like to know about the experiences if any1s using them successfully in mixed reefs.
     
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  3. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    I use Phosguard with no problems. You will need to monitor your PO4 more closely, though. Once Phosguard is spent, it will leach the PO4 back into your tank where GFO does not.

    I have used Matrix carbon. It works fine also, but for the price point, I prefer Black Diamond.
     
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    Sataly Coral Banded Shrimp

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    yep I just ran through the phosguard leaching out the po4 back into my tank dramatically and spiked it stupidly.
     
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    Matrix carbon is a high grade carbon and I can't really report anything bad about it. I use it passively in a bag. If I feel I need to really pull something bad out of the water I'll use the High capacity carbons in a reactor. I feel like that's too aggressive though for every day use so the matrix in a bag/high flow area works.
     
  6. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Well im more concerned about phosguard... for carbon i just wana use it for chems and bad smell just incase coz i find purigen far better than carbon for removing yellowness from water... this wil reduce the use of carbon... seachem claims that phosguard doesnt leach po4 back... that means they are lieing?
     
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    My understanding is that phosguard will leach back only after it becomes saturated. Somehow I came to the conclusion that if I change it every 4 weeks it should be fine.
     
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  9. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    So since how long uv been using phosguard?
     
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    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    About 18 months
     
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