Phytoplankton effect on nitrates?

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I would say yes, adding any type of organics will up your nutrient leveks
 

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I don't know much, but I thought this was really interesting thread from Dana Riddle a while back
 

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I don't know much, but I thought this was really interesting thread from Dana Riddle a while back
Super interesting, thanks for posting!
 

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I was wondering if they may actually reduce nitrates via photosynthesis?
Unless the bottled phytoplankton is already dead...
Did you read the thread posted by @boacvh

They do sell both bottled dead and live phyto, but depending on where you get it even alot of the live stuff is dead... You need a fresh bottle from a live culture, not something that's been on a shelf for 2 weeks
 

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My tank runs pretty low nutrients.
Nitrates. .25ppm
Phosphates. .02ppm

I've been dosing both live and dead phyto every other day and so far, no measurable affect on nutrient levels.

I feed AB+ and phyto together every other day.

If anything, my phosphates are dropping, not rising. A couple weeks ago my phosphates were reading .03, but currently have been reading .02. (Hanna ULR)
 

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Our tank is still pretty green and I am feeding Reefroids to keep the nitrates up. I started dosing live phyto to feed the copepods and the nitrates fell to zero within the week. I stopped the phyto and the nitrates went back up. I am currently trying to find the right balance.
 
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Did you read the thread posted by @boacvh

They do sell both bottled dead and live phyto, but depending on where you get it even alot of the live stuff is dead... You need a fresh bottle from a live culture, not something that's been on a shelf for 2 weeks


Yes, have not got through all of it yet, but this is exactly what I was looking for.
 

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In my opinion, yes, adding phytoplankton on a daily basis will mop up nutrients. In addition, I noticed an abundance of copepods (as evidenced by populations I could see on the viewing pane of the DT.) Some corals, such as Goniopora. suffered when phyto additions were reduced.
 
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