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Old 11-22-2015, 06:36 PM   #11
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As long as the skimmer is performing efficiently it should be fine.
Now lets take into context how difficult it would be to OD.
I add 5ml 2 times a day.(aqueon liquid test vials have the line at 5ml).

On a 120g!
For a 20 you may get up to 1ml 2 times a day but that ain't where you start.
Just guessing but more like .3-.5 ml twice a day.
The hard part will be measuring so little IMO.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:49 PM   #12
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As long as the skimmer is performing efficiently it should be fine.
Now lets take into context how difficult it would be to OD.
I add 5ml 2 times a day.(aqueon liquid test vials have the line at 5ml).

On a 120g!
For a 20 you may get up to 1ml 2 times a day but that ain't where you start.
Just guessing but more like .3-.5 ml twice a day.
The hard part will be measuring so little IMO.

Yeah after that link where they started at 0.1mL I was wondering how I would cut this down to the dose for my tank. I guess I'll start at 0.1mL and log changes daily.


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Old 11-22-2015, 07:03 PM   #13
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I guess I'm curious why you feel the need to vodka dose?


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Old 11-22-2015, 07:09 PM   #14
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Guess I should have started with that huh?

Hair algae hills. Nitrate issues. Having only a little HOB brought it all in now even with hand removal I'm barely keeping it under control. If you have read my thread I had a sump system ready on a new tank but the back panel cracked so I'm still stuck with the HOB for now.

I'd like to use the vodka to get a handle on nitrates till the day comes my drilled tank gets fixed(college budget puts a damper on these things ya know?)


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Gotcha lol. College budget still allows for vodka though???


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Haha I think 1mL dosing goes a lot slower then tipping up the bottles on weekends


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Old 11-22-2015, 09:48 PM   #17
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You can vodka dose with a piece of crap Coralife Skimmer. You'd have to dump in the bottle in order to do damage to the tank. This coming from someone who has been dosing for a long time, and can tell you where your dosing will be when your done. I can jump start a system, up and have Nitrates coming down in a matter of weeks, not months.
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You can vodka dose with a piece of crap Coralife Skimmer. You'd have to dump in the bottle in order to do damage to the tank. This coming from someone who has been dosing for a long time, and can tell you where your dosing will be when your done. I can jump start a system, up and have Nitrates coming down in a matter of weeks, not months.

Sounds lovely. So does starting at 0.1mL look feasible to you and work my way up?


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In order to dose such a small amount such as 0.1ml do serial dillutions.

Take 1ml of vodka and mix it with 1ml of water then draw up 1ml of the mixture to give you 0.5ml of vodka. Mix the 1ml of vodka / water mix with 1ml of water then draw up to give you 0.25ml of vodka. Rinse and repeat then do a little math to get the amount you need.
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I would start at 1mls for 3 days, then up it to 5mls for 4 days, then add 5mls every 5 days after that until you see the Nitrates start to come down. You'll need to test weekly, once you see them just start to come down, then that dose will be your maintenance dose until you get the number you want to hold in the tank. Then cut the dose in half.
Once you reach double digit dosing (10mls+) you'll want to split that dose up, dose half in the am and half in the pm, preferably 12 hours apart.
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