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  1. General Reef Discussion
    I have a question for everyone: Does adding vodka to the live rock cooking bins speed up the process? Here's the deal, I'm cooking and drying the rocks to store for a couple of years until I get my new tank. I've been using pure RO/DI and healthy doses of vodka for two weeks now. The water is...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys I just have a few questions about Vodka dosing, I hear its a great way to keep tank nitrates low and an efficient way to ensure water quality stays good if over feeding. What I wanted to know was can I start vodka dosing if all I have is a protein skimmer? Do I need to be running...
  3. The THINK Tank
    What is carbon dosing and how does it work? What are the limiting factors? What are the negative side effects? I see many threads on this and would like to get a healthy debate from everyone. What is the science behind it?
  4. General Reef Discussion
    My reef tank is very new. The first livestock was added last November so it's only about 3 months old. The LFS right from the start recommended that I dose vodka daily starting out at 0.5ml for a week, 1 ml for a week and then maintain 2ml daily. I have been doing this for my 47 gallon column...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Before I get blasted, I just want to state that I've done what i can and have read every suggested reading log recommended by you all. I have a 100 gallon tank with 100lbs of live rock with a 20gal sump. asm g2 skimmer rated at 250 gallons. dual built in overflow and a split return on both...
  6. The THINK Tank
    Would adding vodka (or some other source of carbon) to the container you're cooking rock in help to speed up the process of purging the phosphate and nitrates out of the rock? I would imagine it would create a bacterial bloom similar to what it would do in your tank, but with there being no fish...
  7. The THINK Tank
    What is the difference between organic carbons and activated carbon? I have been reading up about vodka dosing lately. How it works, what it does, etc. Just curious if activated carbon does the same thing to phosphates and nitrates as organic carbon does. Anyone care to elaborate?
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I've seen snip bits about vodka dosing to help lower nitrates. Can someone explain what this is and what the pro/cons are of doing this please.
  9. The THINK Tank
    I have been dosing vodka for a while and it works great for me just seeing what all you guys thank of vodka dosing
  10. General Reef Discussion
    My aquarium has been running kinda dirty for a few weeks. I'm trying to keep enough food around to feed a starving mandarin... Long story that involves leaving my wife unattended at a LFS... Recently I've started seeing red slime cyano bacteria appearing on one rock and in a corner of my...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Hi Guys I just joined the forum this morning, so please direct me if I'm posting in the wrong area:confused: I've been reading-up on vodka dosing to reduce excessive nitrates & have followed many ( many ) threads & listened to 101 pro's & con's & enjoyed many good articles on dosage etc but I...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    I have been dosing vodka for the past 2 months on my 185 gallon tank and the nitrate remained around 50-60ppm per salifert test kit. I am at 8ml per day of vodka. I just recently started dosing mb7 along with the vodka as I've seen people on the forum do to get the nitrate go down at a faster...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    So I've been really on top of my tank trying to get rid of this HA, BA and cyano problem, I mean things aren't really that bad but it's there and bothers me, I haven't seen any problems with fish and coral but I've recently just about 3 weeks ago took every piece of rock out of my tank and...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Hello, I use to always vodka dose my tanks, as some of you know I just got a neglected tank and Im going to strt the vodka dosing again and I want to start again on my other tanks. I forgot the ratio though Any help? How much vodka to how many gallons of water?
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Hi I'm going to be doing vodka dosing in my marine tank.just want to no is it ok to put it into the tank. I've done my research, i no how much to put in,just want to no if it's ok to put direct into my tank?thanku. Also would like to no if any one has tried this and it's worked. Thanks again.
  16. General Reef Discussion
    If vodka dosing works on the principle of bacteria feeding on carbon in the ethanol compound,multiplying and then removed via aggressive skimming and in the process removes phosphates and nitrates (in the water column), why simply placing activated carbon in the sump does not produce the same...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    OK, I am starting anew with Vodka dosing my tank. I really did not want to, but my situation looks to be dependent on a carbon fuel system. I have dosed vodka on/off for years (since '08 maybe) and really have a love/hate relationship... like that of a bad girlfriend that one keeps going back...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Hey all, writing because I'm going on my third month fighting cyano. Phophates are 0 and Nitrates are <2.5ppm. The cyano isnt out of control by any stretch of the imagination, but it does form small colonies on sections of my sandbed and rockwork. Ive isolated the rocks that seem to cause the...
  19. The THINK Tank
    The ultimate aim in sustaining and maintaining a healthy aquarium ecosystem would be to have 0 nitrate, 0 phosphates and 0 hazardous heavy metals. The options available are:- refugium with macro algae deep sand bed in DT or sump dsb with plenum or ugf (out of the question for me)...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I am new to swf eventhough i had been keeping fwf for many years without having to worry about nitrates, phospates etc.. i have a 6, 2 1/2, 2 1/2 feet aquarium which is about 1000 liters. I have 2 tangs, 1 dragon fish, 4 cleaner wrasse, 1 small lion fish, 2 clowns, 1 damsel, 2 star fish,3 sea...
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