Have you tried this method to reduce your tank's nitrates and phosphates? If you have, what were your results? Tried the Vodka Method?
- Want to try vodka method for my 400litter tank to eliminare nitrate &phosphate leveld Is it safe
- —Guest muralidhar
Positive results using vodka method
- I run a heavily stocked 2,000 gallon system. It has a large 600 gallon refugium stock with Caulerpa. I run a large skimmer on the system. Due to the very large load of fish and hard and soft corals, even with the large refugium I still would occasionally get massive hair algae. Due to the size of the system phosphate reduction products are too costly. Seven years ago I started dosing 500 ml of 80 proof vodka per week. The results have been exceptionally good. After about four weeks the hair algae turns light grey and melts away. The skimmer is very active. Benefits; Hair algae disappears. No adverse effect on inhabitants including the Caulerpa. Finial it leaves a fine white film on the glass that is easy to remove vs the stubborn green algae. I also run it on my 220, with only a protein skimmer, with the same positive results. Down side; I use the cheapest vodka I can find and it's not fit to drink. I highly recommended you try it if you have hair algae issues.
- —Guest Guest Larry
Vodka Method Working
- I think it is working very well in my 55 gal saltwater tank. I had issues with nitrates since I started with a tank that someone neglected and gave to me. It took me 5 water changes just to get the nitrates out of the substrate and down to a managible level of 40ppm. After months of battling nitrate levels and more water changes, I started the vodka treatment about 3 months ago at 0.2 ml following the recommended dosing charts that you can download by simply doing a search online. Im currently at 5ml per day and my nitrates stay under 10ppm and phosphates bounce between 0.2 and 0.25ppm.
- —Guest Jeff
want to know the doses
- My reef aquariam of 400 lts having its nitrate and phosphate very high, I would like to know the doses of vodka to reducing nitrate and phospate
- —Guest nilesh Chandra
How much to dose with
- I have a125 gallon how much vodka use to dose with
- —Guest Jim odonnell
Not exactly 2 Continued
- I have safely used the method as stated, but would not recommend using it constantly. It is better to solve the reason for high Nitrates than to use a crutch all of the time. If you introduce livestock with bad bacteria on it into your tank full of bacteria food. You will get bitten in the wallet. Quarantining may insure that the livestock is healthy but just a few bacteria can become million very quickly. So If you use this use it judiciously and temporally. To be safe. Sorry to go on so long but there were so many questions and mistakes.
Not exactly 2
- The vodka method and the sugar method are basicly the same. They simply use different carbon sources. I have used the sugar method to reduce nitrates on several occasions. You have to start at low dose and gradually build the dosage if necessary. If you get any clouding in the tank stop dosing until the clouding clears. Then restart at a reduced amount. Crash overdosed his tank. Iran I am sure you can get regular white table sugar over there, works great. As with dosing anything in your tank you must be very careful. The web page below deals with subject well. Read the whole thread. It is long. Just ignore the idiots. http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=898 Some real dangers associated with carbon dosing. Tank crash, if the bacteria reproduce too quickly a bloom can use too much of your oxygen leaving little if any for your fish and corals. Bad bacteria get fed too. The bacteria trying to infect your fish multiply. Stopping suddenly can cause a cycle.
- I have used the sugar method. Same thing different carbon source.
- One month Vodka dosing and my nitrates reduced from 100 to 10 ppm - amazing result.
- —Guest larangcon
what type of vodka do you use
- Can you use vodka bought from the shop i.e smirnoff , vladavir etc
- —Guest popkornplaya
- Tried it po4 andno3levels are low 6ppm nitrate 0,09 po4 high enough.but corals are ok even sps'wanted to share views about biopellets with or without vodka?rowaphos with or without vodka?i am ysing biopellets since 10 days still po4 high....this systsm will feed coral?by dead bcterias ? Apreciate response iyad aiu lebanon
- —Guest iyad aiun
Can you help
- Hi I have been reading about the way the vodka works I am from the uk so I was wondering will it work over here ?
- —Guest Derek Richards
Vodka method does work
- Iv been dosing my 29gal living reef bio~cube for like 10 months every 2-3 days(about 1-2 mill) nitrates never get over 10ppm,w/5 fish and alot of corals(soft) I think it works great! I use the cheap vodka $2 for one pint I think.Every one in tank are happy, I should mention I only feed tank every 4 days as well.
- —Guest just_jack
I used vodka it drop my phosphat nitr
- I used vodka it drop my phosphat & nitrat within one week like crazy My phosphat was 10ppm after one week with vodka drop down to 0.25 Nitrat was high 7ppm after one week with vodka drop down to 0.07 Vodka just like magic Work very will on any thing ;) even with reef tank :D
- —Guest mameroo2000
Brown Algae on glass
- Hi all, what dose would you recommend for my 350 Ltr tank? Protein skimmer fitted, corals and fish with live rock? Thank you
- —Guest Vodka Newbie