PhosGuard. To obtain the best results from RowaPhos and to keep your tank at zero phosphate levels it is important when starting up a new tank or on an existing tank with phosphate levels to use RowaPhos on a permanent basis. Joined: Oct 25, 2011 Messages: 570 Likes Received: 0. ROWAphos was developed in Germany to reduce Phosphates in the Main Water Supply. Phosguard is an aluminum oxide removal media, which has a higher binding affinity for phosphates. Because of the higher cost due to import duties, the inability for me to buy it in bulk, and since it doesn’t work well in a reactor, I don’t use RowaPhos in my tanks. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Mathematics Registered. Recommended flow in reactor: make sure RowaPhos gently tumbles, you should only see slight jumping of upper particles. The main difference between these medias is capacity. Phosban GFO vs Rowaphos. It is being used in lakes and ponds and has been refined for the Aquarium Market. It is widely used in Europe and is now finding success in the United States. GFO will leech phosphates back if left too long. It is entirely safe in both fresh and saltwater systems. TLF/Phosban says 150 grams per 150 gallons is the maximum they recommend. RowaPhos is a unique man made ferric hydroxide material specifically produced for efficient removal of phosphates, arsenic and silicates from fresh and salt water, having initially been developed in PhosGuard™ has the lowest capacity at 0.82 mg/g of PO 4 bound, but is the most economical of the four medias. RowaPhos or GFO? Featured Rowaphos V Phosguard and others :) Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by Mathematics, Feb 5, 2012. When replacing spent media or when first starting out they recommend 1/2 that amount or only 75 grams for 150 gallons of water and slowly work up to the 150 grams over a period of weeks or months so you don't shock the system causing pH changes and coral bleaching. Thread Status: Not open for further replies. Discussion in 'General Reef Discussion' started by Poseidon, Oct 4, 2012. Joined Jul 27, 2014 Messages 882 Reaction score 1,280 Location Long Island, NY. Build Thread Contributor. Thread starter Reefcowboy; Start date Jul 27, 2014; Tagged users None Jul 27, 2014 #1 Reefcowboy Well-Known Member View Badges. I didn't have a reactor for my GFO, though, so it didn't work for me. It doesn't leech. Phosguard is more expensive than GFO, and GFO has a great reputation. PhosGuard is an aluminum oxide product made by SeaChem. RowaPhos will absorb phosphate, silicates and arsenic. Dave discusses how to remove phosphate from your aquarium using PhosGuard inside a mesh bag. Royal Astro Studio. PhosGuard™ needs to be replaced every 4 days as long as there is a phosphate problem because, given an infinite amount of available phosphate, PhosGuard™ absorbs phosphate so quickly that it reaches its full capacity in 4 days. 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