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Old 10-30-2011, 03:22 PM   #1
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The vodka method?


Has anyone heard of using the vodka method to lower nitrates? Well I read a post with the amounts to dose a 100gal, my tank is a 55gal (salt) so I just split the dose in half. Read to dose daily for three days. This is day two and its definitely not getting better, and possibly getting worse. I think I will do a major water change... But does anyone have any ideas why this is not working? I dosed .25ml or so .
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
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It's not going to "work" in a couple of days. It takes time for the bacteria population to grow. This is why the dosage increases over a long period of time.

Do you have a strong skimmer?


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Old 10-30-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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I currently Dose 12ml a day. 6mls in morning and 6mls in the evening. I started with my Trates at 200 and now they are 0, it took 4 months, and I got them down that fast figuring out the dosage of other people tanks at the same gallons. My daily dosage was up to 40mls a day at one point, so if you figure how long it would have taken using the directions, I woulda been at it for a year before they started coming down. It does work, some use sugar.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:27 PM   #4
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It is very important to have a very good protein skimmer. That is how the nutrients make it out of the tank.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:31 PM   #5
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It is very important to have a very good protein skimmer. That is how the nutrients make it out of the tank.
I have a Coralife Super Skimmer 220. Thats what I use on my tank (240g), and what I used when my dosing was at 40mls a day. Very good skimmer is a relative term.
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I have a very detailed thread running on it, It has a lot of good references as well as TRT experience. See here: http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/f6...re-171900.html
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I have a Coralife Super Skimmer 220. Thats what I use on my tank (240g), and what I used when my dosing was at 40mls a day. Very good skimmer is a relative term.
Wow! Is that a fish only tank?
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Wow! Is that a fish only tank?
For the most part. I do have a couple softies and LPS. Maybe I should add that they Coralife is modified. And does work quite well.
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Sorry ... I am running a sea clone 100 on a 55gal.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:55 AM   #10
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Also, someone said it might take a year... Why would you not just fix the prob? Or is it not that simple. I am somewhat new to this. I have had a saltwater up for about a year but am just now going to the next level. Testing water with chemicals not strips, putting in a sump, wanting to do soft corals. So it is just now that I can REALLY see I have a prob.
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:37 AM   #11
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Not a quick fix...


From what I had read on the vodka method it made it sound like it was a three day dosing. Sounded like a quick fix.. I guess finding the problem might be a good idea too, lol.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:52 PM   #12
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imo seaclone is a very cheap skimmer. in both quality and price. read and read and read before you fully commit to vodkaing. its a dangerous option. too much and youll send your tank crashing into anoxic shock. you may want to upgrade your skimmer before continuing.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:59 PM   #13
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I agree I too think its a cheap one, I got it off my LFS lady who I think was blowing smoke if you catch my drift. But I have not had the money to get another one. Also, I don't think I am going to continue the vodka at all. I was doing it as a temp quick fix. I am hoping once I get my sump set up it will fix a lot of problems. Hope hope...
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:45 PM   #14
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just perform a higher volume water change more often. i do 20% every monday. speaking of which i need to do one before trick or treat.
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:13 PM   #15
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Me too, I think I will get started now.
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