Pictured above is miwoodar's tank. I had heard of a crazy method back in 2004 where addition of vodka to the tank would remove nitrates but this would only be a last resort and should only be done in a fish only setup. Brief explanation as to what carbon dosing is and why Ive undertaken the process even though I have low nutrients. These "burnt tips" have recovered once the user reduced the alkalinity levels within their tank to alkalinity levels closer to natural seawater (7-8 dKH), pictured below. For 100 Net Gallons, your dosage would be 0.4ml daily during this period. Honestly, it will make little difference on which brand is used. As an example, let us assume that your setup contains 100 Net Gallons. I dose carbon via dosing pump to maintain a level of nitrates somewhere around 5 ppm and a bit of phosphate. The NOPOX was very efficient and brought the nitrate down from 50ppm to 18ppm by the time I had finished the bottle, which was very quickly, in about the month. In the past, many aquarists performed water changes with nitrate reduction as one of the primary goals. Mahler's nitrates fell from 20 ppt (NO3) and 0.2 ppt (PO4) at the beginning of the test to "roughly 0 nitrates, PO4 was with approximately 0.01 ppt" at the end of the sixth week. Restoration of SPS tissue color and growth. If this is observed dropping your dose by 50% will result in the disappearance of these strands. These issues seem to be from increasing vodka additions over time without seeing a decrease in nitrate/phosphate levels. anyone have personal experience and info on it ? 22 Mar 2018 #2 Carbon dosing is the collective name for vinegar or vodka dosing … If levels become detectable in the future increase your daily dose by 0.1ml increments per week until the levels start to decrease. Additionally, these strands may have given rise to the notion of "bad bacteria". It is better to accidentally miss a dose than add twice as much (a journal will keep this from occurring). I have read alot about the Vodka dosing method for reducing Nitrates and Phosphates. Hello. MB7 into the display. Thoughts on Vodka Dosing Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by JustinNJ , Feb 1, 2014. Some have suggested a single organic carbon source, such as vodka, results in monoculture or single specie growth. "Let's see 'em - Before and After pics of Vodka Dosing!". If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Your example dosage would be 0.8ml daily during this period. There are sites online to give you the dosages required. Over a three week period I lost countless fragile sps corals, primarily smaller colonies which were on the way to becoming fully established. Within this period my nitrate shot up to 50ppm! At this point, it may be best to cut the dose in half and cut it in half again once undetectable is reached. Feeding - A derivative of vodka dosing is the ability to increase feeding for fish or invertebrates without reducing water quality. I don't do VSV but I use a bio pellet reactor which works wonderfully. The downsides to running biopellets is the cost of a reactor and the inability to adjust your dosing as easily as you would with vodka or vinegar dosing, where you can just change the amount you add on a daily basis. Joshua1. Adding carbon causes these bacteria to multiply and these bacteria in turn consume the excess nitrates and phosphates. For people not interested in running ozone other solutions for this problem are the addition of granulated activated carbon or through regular water changes. Users with DSBs that are failing to reduce nutrients efficiently may be experiencing a lack of nutrient decrease from the build up of organics within the DSB. Redfield ratio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The problem I am trying to solve is that I have very high phosphate but 0 nitrate. Pros of Carbon Dosing: Effectively removes excess nutrients in the tank, mainly phosphate and nitrate Essentially, in our aquariums, we have a load of bacteria. Does or has anyone used this method? My tank looks nowhere near as impressive as it did before this happened…but with patience it will come right. I might pick up another power head to fix that issue . Throughout your dosing, observe your livestock daily to look for any signs of stress. Calcium did come down to about 460ppm but my alkalinity bottomed out. We may earn a commission for items purchased through these links. These work in a similar way to the reactors but in a liquid form, which can be dosed to the tank by hand or automatically via a dosing pump. The skimmer, as expected, pulled more from the water column, and what it did pull was black and horrible. It is now months later, and I have learned my lesson the hard way. Phosphate Removal / Granulated Ferric Oxide (GFO) - One of the most common questions is whether to use a phosphate removal material, such as GFO, with carbon dosing. Trying to see if dosing Vodka will help in reducing my Nitrate levels. Vodka Dosing. It is well worth reading their full guide on vodka dosing prior to dosing:  http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2008-08/nftt/index.php. by Nathaniel A. Walton (Genetics) and Matt Bjornson (Stony_Corals). Gas exchange. The number of carbon-source dosing threads on Reef Central (RC) currently reinforces this statement. Vodka Dosing by 'Genetics' and 'Stony_Corals' - Reefkeeping.com and this on vinegar dosing: Reefkeeping Magazine - Vinegar Dosing Methodology for the Marine Aquarium. There is no more constant brown film or cyanobacteria, and the skimmer is pulling a light tea colour skimate from my tank. The problem is my skimmer pump died on me. Though not an absolute requirement, as told from many RC participants, ozone may add an extra level of protection by increasing O2 levels during an overdose. Users note a dramatic decrease in nitrate and phosphate molecules, while others note increased coral coloration and clearer water. Whenever the bacteria that is in your aquarium grows, the phosphate and the nitrate are incorporated by this new bacteria. This aquarium successfully used vodka to lower nitrates and phosphates. Without participation from the cohort of people on RC that bring their own talents to the hobby this article would not have been written. Cyanobacteria began to rear it’s ugly head, however because my tank is coral dense it could not get a purchase. Test your system�s NO3 and PO4 levels. My Red Sea test kit was no longer picking nitrate up. Burnt tips - Some users of organic carbon dosing have reported the tissue loss at the ends of their SPS. Days 4-7, double the daily dosage to 0.2ml of vodka per 25 gallons NWV. As the bacteria reproduce they consume excess nutrients in the tank, mainly phosphate and nitrate. After four months of dosing vodka, I finally reached zero (0!) He started dosing the tank daily with 3.75 mL of vodka, gradually increasing the dosage to 9 mL per day over a period of six weeks. This aquarium successfully used vodka to lower nitrates and phosphates. If you have any questions about this article, please visit the Notes from the Trenches forum 12. You keep raising the dosing levels until you reach the "bloom" where you know your tank/bacteria levels are saturated. "vodka dosing" is actually based on using many different types of alcohol and dilutions. Days 4-7, double the daily dosage to 0.2ml of vodka per 25 gallons NWV. We will only ever link to items that we have tried and tested and/or give a big thumbs up to. Bacterial Populations - Currently, it is unknown which bacterial populations grow with the addition of organic carbon. (Aquarium volume + sump + refugium + reactor volumes) � (live rock displacement). The addition of vodka/ethanol is thought to increase bacterial biomass. Works well for me. Sugar as a nitrate reducer | Sirdarksol 84119 Upon further reading about VSV (vodka-sugar-vinegar) dosing at Glassbox.com, you can change or even eliminate the proportion of each ingredient based on what your tanks strain of denitrating bacteria likes to eat. Donate to the running of Reef Base Gardener in South Manchester. I just recently finished a sequence of dosing using rubbing alcohol. Ethyl alcohol is the toxic material in alcoholic drinks, and that plus water equals vodka. Super Simple Reef tank - Tank tour of Wincey's packed mixed SPS 210G Saltwater Reef Aquarium - … I've read several long 'how to' articles as well as some of the issues that crop up with doing this. 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