Carbon dosing - method testing started

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  1. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you Thor, I think going down the more basic route to start is a very good idea, GFO, carbon etc
    carbon dosing in any form, is an ideal solution for polishing up a set up where the basics have already been taken care of , and as such yours sounds like a good idea for progression


    thank you 96p993

    I have actually moved my reef tank over from Vodka to vinegar and have experienced some benefits from doing so ( larger measures, easier to spread out, does not encourage cyno to the degree Vodka does etc)

    I am certainly considering substituting Vinegar for Bio Fuel in next round of testing as it would help me to see the effects of both when used in competition with each other

    Steve
     
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  3. Todd_Sails

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    Steve,

    Nice objective experiment.

    I current.y don't dose anhything, and occas. use about 1-2ml of Vodka in my manual top offs daily. I may switch to vinegar, or even these bio pellets thingies.

    You live in PRC? My wife is from NanJing. I've been to China several times, with my wife and visiting inlaws, etc. From my standpoint, it's an interesting and beautiful place.
     
  4. RickM

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    Maybe I missed it but what are/were you basing the change out of gfo on?
     
  5. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you Todd
    Vinegar is worth considering IMO and have settled on that for my main set up
    China is beautiful IMO next time your around, give me a shout

    Hi Rick
    Nothing very sceintific, as still not easy access to Hannah Checkers out here
    I opted for doing a fortnightly change on the GFO, it was only a couple of table spoons in the reactor, possibly changing it more often would have made a difference
    we do know that in set ups with High phosphate GFO could be exhausted within a couple of days
     
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    Steve, did you ever finish the 2nd round of testing?
     
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    not actually started the 2nd round as yet sticksmith
    tanks are still set up and getting more green, red, and brown algaes
     
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    Ok, I wasn't sure. The last I remembered about it was that you GHA.
     
  10. RickM

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    I think with such a small amount you should probably change it every couple of days. Changing it every 2 weeks or once a month is more a maintenance schedule than one used when you are aggressively fighting algae. I was surprised by the poor performance of gfo in your tests but now I understand why.
     
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    glad to have clarified that for you then Rick
    thanks for the interest and the input
    I will certainly use it more aggresively for future test
     
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    Any news, Steve?

    also, we miss you in the land of weirdos and crazies.
     
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