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Tl:dr - How long does ChemiPure Elite take to drop phosphates?

Longer version - for a variety of reasons my phosphates spiked recently. Had been holding steady at .05 - 0.15 for a few months. Jumped to 0.75.

I added a skimmer and a bag of ChemiPure Elite (carbon + GFO) to my 65 gallon AIO.

It’s been a week and the phosphates have dropped to 0.41 so it’s helping!

My questions are:

1) How long does it typically take to get the phosphates down to a healthy level using something like ChemiPure Elite?

2) As I’m working on dropping the phosphates, how often should I change out the ChemiPure Elite?

Thanks!
 
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Don’t use chemipure elite… use chemipure blue… better at dropping quicker
Better for controlling phosphates? Forgive my ignorance (I’ve only been reefing a year) but isn’t the GFO in the Elite specifically for controlling phosphates?
 
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Less feeding and good old water changes will help the most. I have. Not seen really any drops with elite but I heavily feed. Water looks amazing though
Yeah I’ve backed off a bit on feeding (though I never fed heavily) and do weekly 10% water changes.

To be fair, phosphates have dropped from 0.75 to 0.41 in the first week of using Chemipure Elite
 
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Tl:dr - How long does ChemiPure Elite take to drop phosphates?

Longer version - for a variety of reasons my phosphates spiked recently. Had been holding steady at .05 - 0.15 for a few months. Jumped to 0.75.

I added a skimmer and a bag of ChemiPure Elite (carbon + GFO) to my 65 gallon AIO.

It’s been a week and the phosphates have dropped to 0.41 so it’s helping!

My questions are:

1) How long does it typically take to get the phosphates down to a healthy level using something like ChemiPure Elite?

2) As I’m working on dropping the phosphates, how often should I change out the ChemiPure Elite?

Thanks!


Its really hard to say how fast it takes it out because it all depends on how much of the tank water is forces through the media. You can keep it in until you hit your desired levels or till phosphate starts rising (from it being used up).
 

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Don’t use chemipure elite… use chemipure blue… better at dropping quicker
Actually Elite is quicker as it contains GFO

THE BENEFITS OF USING
CHEMI-PURE ELITE:​

  • Keeps pH stable and constant
  • Reduces fish loss due to pH changes or polluted water
  • Keeps aquariums crystal clear
  • Provides positive neurological reactions in fish, mimicking a natural environment
  • Filters out phosphates (PO4) and silicates (SIO2)
  • Reduces nuisance algae
  • Removes dissolved organics
 
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You dont want to drop it too rapidly. Chemipure blue which will more keep it in check will act slower.
 

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Phosphate spikes in my experience usually come from something having died hidden long enough to rot. The worst are snails, especially big ones. I had two little kid fist sized turbos and didn’t notice that one had died until the algae bloom. By the time I found the shell it was already empty!
 
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Phosphate spikes in my experience usually come from something having died hidden long enough to rot. The worst are snails, especially big ones. I had two little kid fist sized turbos and didn’t notice that one had died until the algae bloom. By the time I found the shell it was already empty!
Oy vey!

We had a decent sized trachy melt away on us in a place of the tank we didn’t notice until it was too late. Pretty sure it’s what caused the spike.
 
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