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Old 04-07-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Vodka method

Has anyone ever tried this method to reduce nitrates ?
As of when my cycle finished
Ammonia : 0.5 ppm
Nitrite : 0 ppm
Nitrate : 40 ppm
PH : 8.0 ppm
There are a few different methods
Vodka , sugar and vinegar all organic carbon .
What do you suggest ?
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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What do you suggest ?
I'd suggest a partial water change before adding liquor or sugar to the tank.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:29 PM   #3
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I'd suggest a partial water change before adding liquor or sugar to the tank.
I just finished the cycle
The biggest issue I am having is I'm using tap water .
I haven't added fish to it yet .
Actually I still have the 2 shrimp so I still have a source of ammonia .
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I used the Vodka method for killing my fish. :-/ When they were really sick and I didn't want them to suffer anymore. I used clove oil to put them to sleep, than vodka to finish them off. Suppose to be a human method, but who knows. Point it, why put something in your tank that could kill if done wrong?
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I would stay away from it, do water changes.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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Researching the method seams to be a effective way .
If the tap water being used has high nitrates is there a suggested way to lower nitrate levels to a level that corals can handle ?

Thanks for your input
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I would look for causes first. What are your tank specs? How many fish do you have in there? What are your feeding habits?

Personally, I would avoid adding and look to remove or stop the cause for it. Chances are you will be in the same boat within a short time.
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I would look for causes first. What are your tank specs? How many fish do you have in there? What are your feeding habits?

Personally, I would avoid adding and look to remove or stop the cause for it. Chances are you will be in the same boat within a short time.
I just finished the cycle and besides live rock there is nothing in there .
Huge problem is I'm using tap water .
I tested the tap water and there is 0 nitrate so after a water change and taking the substrate out of the canister I should be ok .
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:10 PM   #9
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I would look for causes first. What are your tank specs? How many fish do you have in there? What are your feeding habits?

Personally, I would avoid adding and look to remove or stop the cause for it. Chances are you will be in the same boat within a short time.
It was more a question if anyone has heard of or used this method .
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Well in that case, I had a conversation with one of the LFS guys about lowering nitrates. When I started out, my nitrates jumped through the roof. He actually talked about this, but, then went on to say that if you even slightly miscalculate you will crash your tank (and the process itself is very involved). I also saw in my own research that you could create a problem with cyano. Others recommend Reef Biofuel as an alternative, seems like they have had great success.

Hopefully someone here who has experience with the method can chime in.
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