Im started vodka dosing.

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  1. Night-Rida

    Night-Rida Finback Whale

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    hey everyone, after reading and reading and reading.. Im starting a little dose of vodka to help with my high nitrate problems. was at 100ppm other day did a 20% water change, got to around 50-60ppm and six hours later back up to 100ppm.. I did vaccum crush coral/sand substrate. rinsed my bioballs, clean all my foam filters too.. did another 20% water change today.. its now around 50-60ppm.. so im going to give this vodka a try.. tanks been running for 10years, 8 months=reef added more sand as time went on.. started with CC at first. same sealife protein skimmer 60 model.. I did take 20% of my bioballs out as I think I dont need as many in the wet/dry anymore due to the LR in tank.

    So Im going to start very low and slow. only .25ml vodka a day for 55g.. and see how it does. I run carbon and phosphate remover in media bags every 30 days. and my sand bottom is not much maybe 2-2.5 inches thick. 4 fish & soft corals & sails/crabs/etc.. I hope I dont mess up anything. which I know overdosing is a big problem, DSB, etc.. I think with my 50-60ppm and .5 phosphate levels this could help me out.. whos been doing this for over 1 year? let me here some news..
     
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  3. Tbstr3

    Tbstr3 Skunk Shrimp

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    good luck i would love to hear your results could help alot of people in the future what bran vodka ya going with
     
  4. Night-Rida

    Night-Rida Finback Whale

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    I actually have a mixture right now of what as in my cabinet.. its a mix of smirnoff tripled distilled 80 proof and van gogh 80 proof... my fish like the good stuff :)
     
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    Tbstr3 Skunk Shrimp

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    lol i wish i could really see the affects if there were any at all
     
  6. ZachB

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    Huhh? Try XO, Grey Goose, or Ketel One for the good stuff. Smirnoff gives me a headache. Van Gogh tastes like rubbing alcohol smells IMO.

    Good luck with your vodka dosing by the way. Make sure you have a very good skimmer.
     
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  7. Night-Rida

    Night-Rida Finback Whale

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    my only concern is my Dkh is like 16 right now and have read you want it like 8-10dkh but that was more of a warning to SPS owners.. which I'm not..

    my parms:

    salinity: 1.024
    temp 78
    Dkh: 16
    nitrite 0
    amnonia 0
    nitrate 50+
    phos: .5
    PH 8.3
    Calcium: 400
    Mag 1300
    Salt: Red Sea


    Plenty of circulation: 2 maxijet 1200s, 350gph Magdrive return pump
    Low level substrate: CC mixed with Sand. 2-2.55" max

    so theres my current startup specs as I board the vodka dosing reef experiment.
     
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  9. mikejrice

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    I'm gonna second the Grey Goose and also throw in Sky. Good stuff. Sorry I know nothing about this, but here's a free bump.

    If your fish start running into the glass, hugging each other or fighting, you have to post a video:)
     
  10. ZachB

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    What kind of skimmer do you have. I cannot stress the importance of a good reliable skimmer enough...
     
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    Sorry to kind of hijack the thread, but what are the benefits/main purpose of vodka dosing. I've heard of a lot of people doing it but never really understood the main point.
     
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    Night-Rida Finback Whale

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    Grey goose is my favorite! I'll stick with smrinoff tripled distilled or something similar..

    just checked my skimmer its foaming away like a raccon with rabies at the mouth.. its a sealife model 60 or 75. dam thing is 10 years old as still have original power head "rio" only thing I replcaed was the airline tubing "they got clogged for a while" once the new lines are in place its been great again.

    During this vodka dosing time frame, I'll probly stop using kalk,cal,mag,iodine,stron. etc dosing.. just do 10% WC with red sea salt every 2 weeks through out. to keep stuff in check.. what do you guys think about that? or should I do no water changes and no dosing? I was thinking WC because dosing vodka can hurt oxygen levels, so new SW will help I think to replenish this as well as trace, and regular elements.