Ok, so it would seem lately from some posts I've seen is that the Pool Stores have come up with new line of cow-pucky on why, oh why you JUST HAVE TO REMOVE PHOSPHATES!!!
Lie #1 - Because it's ALGAE FOOD!!! Can't you see the sign in the bottom of your pool that says, "Please DON'T feed the Algae!"
Lie #2 - Your pump will seize, your filter will explode and all of your warranties will be nullified....oh, and did I mention that the 7th sign of the Apocalypse will occur?
NEW Lie #3 - Phosphates definitely, DEFINITELY mess up SWCG because it interferes with the chlorine production. All that good juicy chlorine just gets gobbled up by those nasty little phosphate ions....bad phosphates, BAD!
SO in an earnest effort to combat the never ending BS that pool stores like to invent, can any of our chemical wizards out here in the inter-webs think of any side reactions in a salt water cell that involve the phosphate ion? Let's keep it simple and just consider a simpler inorganic phosphate like potassium phosphate or sodium phosphate.
Yes, ChemGeek, I'm staring at you