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Old 11-22-2015, 03:11 PM   #1
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Vodka dosing?

I still consider myself new to the salty side. My reef tank started as a 10g and is now a 20 long. Long story short I have a big skimmer in the tank as well as an HOB till my drilled tank is fixed.

I've heard a lot about vodka dosing but if someone could explain what is actually is and how it works that would be great.

Links are welcome. I have a SUPER SLOW RODI machine so anything to save on water changes interests me.


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Vodka Dosing by 'Genetics' and 'Stony_Corals' - Reefkeeping.com

You hould Pm Reefing Madness.
He got me into much quicker then any other method.

By using vodka(or numerous other "organics") you can control or eliminate your nirAtes!
I vodka dose 1 of my tanks and use 'bio pellets' in another.

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Vodka Dosing by 'Genetics' and 'Stony_Corals' - Reefkeeping.com

You hould Pm Reefing Madness.
He got me into much quicker then any other method.

By using vodka(or numerous other "organics") you can control or eliminate your nirAtes!
I vodka dose 1 of my tanks and use 'bio pellets' in another.

Tell RM I sent you if he doesn't chime in..

Thanks bandit! Link does work going to check it out.


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You can also look into vinegar dosing. A slower process but safer than vodka dosing.


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You can also look into vinegar dosing. A slower process but safer than vodka dosing.


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Thanks bribo that gives me some piece of mind I may try that first to be on the safe side.


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Bio pellets are a set it and forget it type deal.
Any of the carbon dosing methods to remove nitrates require a protein skimmer.
Just tested the trAtes in my 75 that has not had water changed in a year and they were 10.
This tank is on the pellets in a reactor in sump.
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Safer?? Not so, they are both equally easy and quite safe to use, I assure you. Its all but impossible to overdose your tank using either one.
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Safer?? Not so, they are both equally easy and quite safe to use, I assure you. Its all but impossible to overdose your tank using either one.

The link bandit shared said that vodka dosing can reduce o2 levels in the tank and can kill fish if overdosed too bad?

I'm no expert that's why I'm trying to get my ducks in a row before I go through with this.


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The link bandit shared said that vodka dosing can reduce o2 levels in the tank and can kill fish if overdosed too bad?

I'm no expert that's why I'm trying to get my ducks in a row before I go through with this.


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Overdosing vodka can deplete o2 levels quite quickly. It is safe as long as you follow dosing procedures correctly but it can wipe tanks.

Do you have a good skimmer Caleb? That's a necessity as well


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Overdosing vodka can deplete o2 levels quite quickly. It is safe as long as you follow dosing procedures correctly but it can wipe tanks.

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I have an Odyssea PS160 on a 20g is that enough?


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