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Old 07-23-2012, 02:56 AM   #1
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So I went and looked at my neighbors tank today and he has had it for about a year now with no issues. He was recently having issues with nitrates as I had and looked online and found something called "The Vodka Method". He told me about it and to be honest, I was too scared to try it but he did. Now he has cyano starting to cover his live rock and some brown algae stuff growing as well. Could it be from this? He has a protein skimmer, and canister filtration. His water before he did it was good except the nitrates and like me was having issues getting them to zero. He uses RO water and tests it to make sure it's good before he uses it. I didn't know what to tell him because as far as system, water, etc...sounded all right. Any ideas?
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:21 AM   #2
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Could be. The vodka increases bacterial growth which consumes nitrates and phosphates...... But could also be fueling cyano since it is a bacteria.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:05 PM   #3
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His sand bed isn't deep and he moves his live rocks around and rearranges them (I need to do this!) a lot. I just can't think of anything else as he charts all his readings when doing water changes (sighs, I also need to do this!) and all has been good. I read last night that overdosing can mess things up. Just don't know what to tell him. How do you get rid of it?
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:18 PM   #4
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Water changes and if he has a sump or fuge throw some cheat algae in there that eats both nitrates and phosphates
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:29 PM   #5
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He has a canister filtration system. I will tell him to do more water changes. How much and how often is safe?
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I would do 1/3 water changes
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:40 PM   #8
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Great!! I will call him now and tell him! Thank you!!
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Does he have bio balls in there that may be a problem they create a lot of that kind of stuff
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:01 PM   #10
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He should think about makeing a fuge better of fish and all tank will be clearer
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