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phosphorous is an element, phosphate (ie monopotassium phosphate as a fertilizer) is a salt containing phosphorous.

phosphates are *not* bad in the planted aquarium, in reasonable amounts in proper ratios etc.
limiting amounts of phosphate in a planted aquarium *can be bad*, as plant uptake can stall. So a proper amount of phosphate in the water column is good for a planted tank.

how much phosphate is dependent on your goal. Check out PPS / EI strategies for info on how much phosphate you want to add to your aquarium.
Beginner!? This is some pretty good advice for a beginner, some one has done their home work.:clap2:
nice answer.
 
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