I recently changed the carbon media in my saltwater aquarium and thought I would put a bag of phosphate remover in there also. However, in my haste, I did not rinse the phosphate removal media and put it straight into my saltwater aquarium filter. There was a reaction and the bag holding the phosphate remover bubbled intensely. I have learned that this reaction is normal and is due to the phosphate removal media heating up. The correct process is to rinse the media thoroughly under fresh water prior to placing it in the saltwater aquarium. This removes the toxic dust from the media and allows for the reaction to occur.
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✅ Best Seachem PhosNet Phosphate Silicate Remover Aquarium Filter Media
Works really well – Great product does remove your phosphate’s but just remember it’s not the cure .. find the issue the. Use this to bring it down and maintain your tank husbandry. .The water is crystal clear thanks to a UVC filter. Nitrite and nitrate levels were hardly detectable with the JBL tests, but silicate and phosphate were significantly increased.
Now, I came home later that day and was in shock to see the majority of my corals retracted and unhappy. It had appeared that my water had been contaminated by the non rinsing of my phosphate removal media. I proceeded to change around 100L of my 250L in my saltwater aquarium over the next few days. I took a sample of water to my LFS and they advised I had a spike in PH because of the reaction and that it was back on track.
In terms of damage, my saltwater aquarium took a small hit. My already struggling hammer coral was on its last legs after this and my new leather coral in my previous post, unfortunately, slightly bleached and has lost that bright green color to its polyps. Hopefully, they come back! All my fish were fine.
I hope this saves you from making the same mistake!