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Salifert Phosphate Test Kit

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A challenge faced by nearly every marine aquarist sometime in the life of their tank is an over-abundance of nuisance algae. High phosphate levels are typically one of the primary causes of this condition. High phosphate levels can also retard the growth of corals and desirable calcareous algae (for example, colorful coralline algae on rocks and tank walls).  Marine aquarists should target a phosphate level below 0.03 ppm. This Salifert test will detect phosphate levels down to 0.15 ppm (one-half the maximum desired level). Approximately 50 tests can be completed with the kit.

Sources of phosphates in marine aquariums include fish food, and to a lesser extent - some water chemistry supplements, and use of low-grade carbon. Use of tap water can also add phosphates. Phosphate levels in aquariums typically accumulate over time and phosphate export is advisable. Maintaining low phosphate levels will likely require a combination of best practices including: reducing feeding levels and using low-phosphate foods, growing/removing macroalgae in a refugium, using phosphate removing media, and using an effective protein skimmer.

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