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Old 07-07-2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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Thoughts on vodka dosing

About a year ago when I set up my 110 gall reef tank I was vodka dosing. About three months in I got scared and quit. My tank seemed to be thriving and just felt like I was pushing my luck. Since then I have learned a ton about this hobby and read a lot about vodka dosing. From what I have read as long as your husbandry skills are good you are safe. Any thoughts? (I am aggressively skimming)
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:39 AM   #2
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Oh. I am considering dosing again bc I am having a problem with hair algae. Phos shows 0 on three different tests. Nitrates also show o.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:03 AM   #3
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I am vodka dosing my 28 gal nano for a month and I am monitoring my nitrate. It is just a slow process and taking some efforts of daily dosing. I split the dose 50/50 a day. I have not reached the point to cut the dose yet. I may loose patience and just use other nitrate products which are safer.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:39 PM   #4
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Lfs store told me to dose 5 ml for one week. Then go to 10 ml. I am looking for the chart to verify that. It's a 110 gall with a 35 gall sump. The chart that everyone has suggested on here won't load for some reason. Any suggestions or anyone know the formula?
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Lfs store told me to dose 5 ml for one week. Then go to 10 ml. I am looking for the chart to verify that. It's a 110 gall with a 35 gall sump. The chart that everyone has suggested on here won't load for some reason. Any suggestions or anyone know the formula?
Melevsreef.com - Dosing Vodka to Lower Nitrate & Phosphate
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
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It is 0.1 ml per 25 gal of tank water not including LR volume during 1st week.
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It is 0.1 ml per 25 gal of tank water not including LR volume during 1st week

you could probably put a little more and speed up the process, all the vodka really does is adds a source of sugars to the water to help bind the dissolved organics togethere and makes it easier to remove with skimming, but doing this will also limit the amount of oxygen gas in the water so you may see some blue/green cyano growth.

when you dose be sure to have alot of water movement and surface aggitation and be sure to have a good skimmer, not only to pull out the organics but to help oxygenate the water
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Thanks for the help! Just what I was looking for.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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check out the link melevsreef provides, its a great expination of what exactly carbon dosing is i was trying to post that link but at the time the site wasn't loading, its all good now though
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:15 PM   #10
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My question now is my tank is already reading 0 on phos and nitrates. So how do I know when to cut back? Using Red Sea test. API test and Hanna test. Haha. SICK OF THIS HAIR ALGAE!
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