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Old 04-19-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Dosing vinegar as organic carbon

I have been reading allot about this method .
Has anyone used this ?
It all seams good but I would like to hear advantages and what to watch for before trying it .
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vinegar? interesting, never heard of it before. do you have a link to the article you're reading?
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vinegar? interesting, never heard of it before. do you have a link to the article you're reading?
http://reefkeeping.com/joomla/index....arine-aquarium

Its the same thing as the vodka method .
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I'm currently using vinager, I've been using it for quite awhile. I switched over from vodka because its alot cheaper. It's keeping my nitrates at or close to zero.
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I'm currently using vinager, I've been using it for quite awhile. I switched over from vodka because its alot cheaper. It's keeping my nitrates at or close to zero.
I have been reading and very interested in using this method .
Changing water on a weekly basis is ok but is I still needed as often ?
I am a little concerned with any additives though .
I have a 70 gal with approx 50 - 70 lbs of rock and 40 lbs of sand .
How much would I start dosing with ?
Do you does 1/2 twice a day ?
Do you use kalc ?
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Reefkeeping Magazine - Vinegar Dosing Methodology for the Marine Aquarium Here's an article with a dosing chart
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Thank you .
I already have read this same article.
What should I watch for ?
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Just make sure you follow the chart to a tee and you shouldn't have any problems. If you should notice anything wrong either stop dosing or cut back on the amount.If you forget one day do not double dose the next day just continue with the regular dose.
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I originally read the article on the vodka method after researching different alternative ways to reduce nitrate .
Vodka seams like something I don't want to add to my tank but vinegar seamed to be a little safer ,
Have you had good results ?
How often do you change your water ?
I am sure there are pros and cons and different things to watch for and this was the reason for starting this thread .
It sounds like a good method .
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It is also recommended to have a good skimmer .
I have a coralife 125
Hang on .
I am concerned if I need to use kalc in addition to vinegar .
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