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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Hi Guys, Tried Vodka dosing for the first time recently. I'd been feeding liberally in my very small 12" cube reef thinking that my nitrates where all being cycled. However, I got a very large shock when I tested them and found they were 50ppm. A discolouring SPS alerted me. I've never had a...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    So, I started vodka dosing to remove really, really high nitrate. I started at >64ppm nitrate, and loosely followed the charts. By the time I hit 15ml/day (90G/400L) tank, I was down to 0.5 - took about 2.5-3 months. The only 2 negatives in my tank is (1) that I also started with really high...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Hi all - I really need some help with PO4 - any and all help from more experienced reefers is appreciated. Background - about 18 months ago I bought a 90G (400L) tank, first ever attempt at the hobby. I spent a truck-load and had is stocked and looking great - for a while. Then, I screwed up...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    I am a typical scientist who is a meticulous researcher and reader when I don't understand something. I have done extensive reading on vodka dosing as a carbon source to reduce N and P. Now I want to know what you guys, the experts, think as I am relatively new to this hobby as I have had my...
  5. Nano Reefs
    Hello, I have a 4 gallon pico, with mainly SPS corals and am looking to achieve Ultra-low nutrients for so my zeovit additives can work more effectively. (before someone says something, yes... they work. I stopped dosing my zeo for 2 weeks but left all other husbandry the same and SPS lost...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    My nitrates are off the charts high. I learned this about 1 month ago. No algae whatsoever. I was over feeding and have since cut way back on that, have brought my sandbed down to 1". I have a refugium and put more macro algae and mangroves in it, have been doing multiple water changes and just...
  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 just started dosing 2-24-2014. I am gonna blog it to keep track. http://vodkadose.blogspot.com/ I have a picture on the blog of my crazy hair algae problem. Day 1 dose .6 ml of Tito's Vodka(will buy cheap stuff soon) Day 2 dose .6 ml of Tito's Day 3 dose .6 ml of Tito's tomorrow will up the...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Some general tank info first. 125gal w/ 20 gal sump, sal 1.025, Ca 420, Phos .25, trates 5-10ppm, pH 8.4 I've been Vodka dosing for approx 4 weeks now in order to battle a nitrate problem that was hovering around 80ppm despite regular h2o changes, reduced feeding sked etc. As you can see, my...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    <hr style="color:#FFFFFF; background-color:#FFFFFF" size="1"> I am having some major problems with nitrates in my 120 gallon mixed reef. I have lost alot of SPS and I cant seem to get my nitrates down. I did a 25 gallon water...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Does anyone know for vodka dosing if you can dose once a week for it to be effective? I dont want to buy a dosing pump to pump it in daily. Will the effects be little to none if it is dosed once a week?
  12. The THINK Tank
    I recently set up my new tank and designed and built it to be as efficient as possible for removing nutrients.. Aside from siphoning and regular WCs, I'm incorporating a large UV and skimmer... I have an SSB in the tank and when its reached its limit for absorbing PO4 I'll remove and replace it...
  13. 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...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Has anyone tested sugar instead of vodka as a source of carbon? Chemically it should do the job. It is a high octane carbon source, no phosphorous nor nitrogen containing molecules.
  15. The THINK Tank
    In another thread experimenting with daily water changes, it was noticed that a brief 5 day halt in carbon dosing and no daily water changes and with no change to the kalk reactor, the alk dropped from 9 to 6.x. The assumption was that the carbonate was being consumed by something, possibly...
  16. The THINK Tank
    Ok, to get rid of phosphates I started to dose vodka, then got advised not to and given a better suggustion, in the mean time I dosed 3times, now I have the white "snow" in my water that won't disapear, its been over a week I even changed 1/3 of my water again, and its still there, Any...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Well I have been vodka dosing almost a month now and the third week I finally saw alot of the green hair algae towards the top of the tank turning white and falling off the rock when I add my top off water. Does this mean I might be starting to win this battle finally??? I just went in and...
  18. 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...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Hi All, I have a 15 year old 100 gallon tank running and my Nitrate levels have gone out of control <100 mg/L only noticed them a couple of weeks ago, after having a few fish die and all my Xenia die! I have been looking for detailed instructions for either Methanol dosing or Vodka dosing, is...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I've read the criticisms of the Mark Weiss product, Combivital, but seriously, what is the difference between using this as a carbon source vs using glucose or vodka? Or even the new bioplastics that are supposed to provide a carbon source for those magical bacteria we hope will decrease...
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