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Old 02-11-2014, 11:15 PM   #11
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My stock is a royal gramma Basslet, 2 clownfish, pink spotted goby and a Hippo tang (1.5 inches, an going to sell it soon) nitrate around 60 ppm and I have a sand substrate.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:16 PM   #12
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If your tap water has nitrates then PWC won't lower them. RO/DI is the way to go!

I have about 5 ppm in my tap water. Is there a cheaper alternative instead of buying an ro di unit?
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:16 AM   #13
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Not really. I mean you could buy the water as needed, but you'll surpass the price of an rodi unit at some point
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Update: The vodka method is not working as it should (I put 0.1 ml for a 36 gallon tank) Cyno Bacteria growing a lot slower than it was an it is going away in some parts.
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:34 PM   #15
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That is because you are to self dose. Not dose the tank. 😄
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You've only dosed the vodka one time? I so of course it's not working. The heterotrophic bacteria take time to establish once you start carbon dosing. Hence why the doses increase over time.
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That being said rodi water is your friend. Save you time and money down the road.
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You've only dosed the vodka one time? I so of course it's not working. The heterotrophic bacteria take time to establish once you start carbon dosing. Hence why the doses increase over time.

I've done it for about a week
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It's gonna take longer than a week to see effects. Do you actually know why you're dosing it? If not here's an article on ithttp://reefkeeping.com/issues/2008-08/nftt/
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I would go with an RO unit. It will save you time, money (over buying water or constantly using additives), and frustration.
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