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Old 09-14-2012, 12:03 AM   #21
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Rinsing food removes a lot of the phosphates. I had to vodka dose my tank for about 6 weeks to bring down the high levels.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:22 PM   #22
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Ok, have stopped using the food previously mentioned and have continued with the phosphate nuker and the gfo in my reactor and phosphates are still very very very high.

I just did another 100g water change yesterday and levels are still extremely high.

I checked the water before adding it to the tank and it showed no phosphates at all so whatever it is, is coming from my tank and leaching into the water.

It's my understanding that this leaching process can take months so I am assuming I will be battling this for some time.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:18 AM   #23
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Vodka dosing brought my levels down. Leaching phosphates subsided after 5 months.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:02 PM   #24
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Vodka dosing brought my levels down. Leaching phosphates subsided after 5 months.
I have been considering doing that but have been hesitant due to having heard horror stories from inexperienced people trying it.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:37 PM   #25
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Just curious, if I start a "Vodka Dosing" schedule, can I stop at anytime ("Cold Turkey") or do I need to ween the tank off as gradually as it went on (a sort of Detox/Rehab for lack of a better word)?
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I reversed the dosing and weaned the tank.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:14 PM   #27
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Vodka dosing brought my levels down. Leaching phosphates subsided after 5 months.
My buddy did the vodka method and ended up with cyano . It did work though.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:58 PM   #28
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Have you lost any fish? My ph is super dark too. I have a 135 gallon fish only tank. I did a 20g water change on sat, and 35g water change today. Will check levels tomorrow. I lost 2 damsels. Not sure if its because of the levels. I also have 3 more damsels, 2 clown, 3 shrimp, 2 urchins, 1 gunch, and a handful of hermits.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:41 AM   #29
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What is your ph? Nitrates?
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My buddy did the vodka method and ended up with cyano . It did work though.
I have read that can be a side effect.
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