Red Sea NO3: PO4-X is a unique complex of a number of different carbon molecules and other organic-bonded elements that enable a controlled biological reduction of algae nutrients (nitrate and phosphate) by naturally occurring nutrient reducing bacteria that exist in all aquariums.
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NO3: PO4-X is easy to use, with a relatively small dose being added to the system on a daily basis. Over time the daily dosage of NO3: PO4-X will be varied (see instructions for use) according to measured levels of nitrate and phosphate, giving the fine control of nitrate and phosphate levels that guarantees the gradual changes and accurate maintenance of the desired nutrient levels.
New tanks, untreated established tanks and established tanks that have used alternative methods of nitrate and/or phosphate reduction will all react differently when starting to use NO3: PO4– X. However over time the nutrient levels will stabilize as desired, irrespective of where they started. (For specific instructions for converting to NO3: PO4-X from PO4 absorbers and/or NO3 de-nitrators click here)
With continued correct use there are no undesirable side effects when using NO3: PO4-X. It is safe for all fish, corals and micro fauna. Even a large accidental overdose should not cause any irreversible damage as long as a suitably rated skimmer is installed on the system
Uncontrolled reduction of the algae nutrients can destroy the symbiotic Zooxanthellae causing UV shock and starvation of the corals. For best results always use an accurate test kit such as Red Sea’s Nitrate Pro test which has an accuracy of 0.125ppm.
Once lower levels are nutrients are achieved, as seen by corals displaying their natural colors instead of “Zooxanthellae” brown, it is important to start feeding with easily digestible foods such as Red Sea’s Reef Energy 2-part formula that contains all of the necessary carbohydrates, amino acids and vitamins.
Efficient protein skimming is essential to provide the necessary oxygenation of the water and to remove bacterial flocks from the aquarium.