For those users that about to embark on a phosphate reactor be careful. Those units are very powerful and in my experience I recommend as do the instructions that you add one of these units in the beginning of a major reef setup.
I introduced my reactor about the third month of setup and my corals took a beating, some of my SPS corals began to STN and they died. I almost lost my blastos. I was very ###ed that I had not read the instructions to the fine print.
I'm going to change out my rowaphos soon as I'm seeing some algae spots here and there but I'll wait a couple more months; I can also check the effluent and if the phosphates show high, it's time for some new media.
Regarding the algone, I didn't see any drop in Nitrate, just really pure water and I used big packets. It drove my ORP way down real quick and made my skimmer go like mad.
It took a whole day for the ORP to gradually climb back up to where it was before.
I feel the AZ-N03 was a much better product for Nitrate to zero that is a given in my case.
Would I recommend Algone, yes if you have water discoloration and wants some absorbants to kick in.
AZ-N03 for those users that are serious about having zero nitrates in their tanks.
As per the instructions, this stuff continues to drive the skimmer mad for about 30 days after last day dosing.
I want to see how long it takes for Nitrates to climb back up. I do a 10 gallon water change every Sunday, like clock work and I've cut down to one feeding per day, controlled with pellets and sometimes some flakes.
Before I over fed like mad tons of flakes 3 times a day and Tangs will eat as many times as you feed them.
I let them nip all over the rocks and they get one nice feeding in two small doses, only what they can eat before it hits the gravel.
Edited by mikeguerrero, 31 May 2006 - 12:13 AM.