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Old 06-20-2012, 07:38 PM   #11
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I used it before switching to a biopellet reactor. It did a good job keeping nitrates below 5 despite heavy feeding. If you overdose or ramp up too quickly you can have a cyano outbreak, I've heard vinegar as a carbon source is less likely to be be bio available to cyano. Principles are the same with vinegar, just different doses I believe.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:44 PM   #12
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Yep - It's the vodka you drink. Read the article and do a bit of research. Kind of interesting.
Well I guess if you got thirsty and like vodka. It would be good to have. Lol.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:02 PM   #13
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Just to give you an update, I started doing the vodka method and it is working great so far. Nitrates were at 30ppm the day I started and 1 week later, they were down to 5 with no water change. All animals look good. In fact, the water even seems to be a clearer than it was before. Lots of nasty skimmate produced.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:41 PM   #14
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Just to give you an update, I started doing the vodka method and it is working great so far. Nitrates were at 30ppm the day I started and 1 week later, they were down to 5 with no water change. All animals look good. In fact, the water even seems to be a clearer than it was before. Lots of nasty skimmate produced.
glad to see its working for you.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:04 PM   #15
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Ok I really have to read this , cause I like both vodka and 0 nitrate levels , mine always seems to read 0 since I got a skimmer, but I do have some cheato in to help and green hair algae that seems to be growing a lil faster than I like :-/
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:08 AM   #16
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The problem i have with any kind of carbon dosing such as vodka is that its a bandage for more underlying issues that persist even with dosing.

1) no tank should have a nitrate problem unless overstocked, over fed, or under maintained.

This is what creates the problem.

2) carbon dosing is seen as a fix. Many people ignore maintenance and water changes once they start seeing nitrates disappear

This creates a reliance on carbon dosing. Carbon dosing is a risk. If you overdose have widespread bacteria blooms then you will have an even bigger problem. Carbon fuels ALL bacteria growth not just nitrifying bacteria. That means cyano!

Ive seen many people dosing carbon have an outbreak of cyano and then it only gets worse as you continue to dose. This could put in a position you have to quit dosing before you have a tank over run with cyano or other bacteria bloom. Since you cant dose your nitrates rocket up and tank crashes. Its a catch .22.

3) many unknowns still. Not everything is yet known about the effects especially long term effects of carbon dosing.

This means long term expect unforeseen problems after all your dumping god knows what into your tank in hopes of cleaning up the mess you started.


Ive seen first handle on multiple occasions when carbon dosing goes bad. Your playing roulette with your fish and your money. This is a completely avoidable problem that many of us give advise so that its avoided. I find that usually people who need to carbon dose go against most general recommendations for some reason or another.
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Please note: i am not bashing anyone or anything like that, just expressing my opinion and some facts.
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Thanks Schism. I appreciate the feedback. I understand you are not bashing. That's the reason I posted this thread in the first place was to hear the good and the bad. I'm not going to get offended if someone tells me they don't agree - takes a lot more than that to offend me! I'll update this thread every few weeks on the progress.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:24 AM   #19
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Thanks Schism. I appreciate the feedback. I understand you are not bashing. That's the reason I posted this thread in the first place was to hear the good and the bad. I'm not going to get offended if someone tells me they don't agree - takes a lot more than that to offend me! I'll update this thread every few weeks on the progress.
Thanks, some tend to get touchy on these subjects so i try and watch where i stick my nose lol. Keep us updated for sure.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:48 AM   #20
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And let's be honest I don't think they have reef AA meetings ^_^

And I agree with sch' I think if you have a nitrate problem then either too many fish , too much food , or not enough maintenance .... Adding things to reduce any levels in you tank is just a band-aid to fix a underling issue. Plus once you fix the issue you just save yourself the money your spending on the chem's your dosing ( unless this is a reason to hit the liqueur store ) :-p.

Again not bashing, I have to run a phosphate media since I am using only tap water ATM until I can pick up a RO/DO unit , and then my canister will be a big powerhead ^_^.
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