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Old 05-16-2012, 01:36 PM   #1
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Smile Vodka in tank????

Hi I was reading about putting vodka in a sw tank. Is that true?? How much do u use for a 90 gallon tank?? Come on that can't be real. It is a Joke right???
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:39 PM   #2
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Why would you put vodka in your tank? I think, at least with freshwater fish, that can kill them.
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:40 PM   #3
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Yeap it's real. I never dosed vodka when I had my reef tank running a few years back, but several of my friends in the local club did. Here is a good article to read.

Vodka Dosing by 'Genetics' and 'Stony_Corals' - Reefkeeping.com
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:23 PM   #4
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I've considered vodka dosing myself, but for now I am trying a biopellet reactor instead. lol

But yep, it can and does work crazy as it seems. lol
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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This whole idea still baffles me...People also use sugar or vinegar
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:49 PM   #6
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Vodka is a carbon source that can feed denitrifying bacteria to aid in denitrification. Not everything is known about it and there is no way to test levels of carbon in the system. Overdosing vodka will cause major problems and it is very risky to do in the first place. Ive seen the end result if it a few times and it always ends in problems down the road.

Femm i would highly advise not trying this. It will only cause further problems in your tank. Vodka is used for uncontrollable nitrates to reduce them. Your nitrates are not uncontrollable. But it never hurts to learn new things. Just thought id warn you ahead of time.

A new safer way of carbon dosing is biopellets. The pellets consume nitrate so to speak. And no guess work in dosing. Also is a natural process not involving such risky additives such as vodka that cant be removed from the system easily like biopellets.

Only down fall to biopellets is they often work too well. They can completely consume all nitrates and more importantly phosphates. However corals actually need a small level of phosphates to grow and survive.
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Well seems a bit complicated to dose with vodka. Think I will do just water changes. It seems I have a few probs and addressing them. Wow this is work
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Look into algae scrubbers ..
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Look into algae scrubbers ..
+1 . why use unnatural methods like vodka and carbon reactors when you can harness the power of algae to reduce nitrates naturally.
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Id look into proper maintenance and procedures first
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