Vodka dosing

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by Piano10, Aug 6, 2015.

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  1. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    No they will cause no issues. You really have to have a purging from the filter with millions of tiny micro bubbles to see any adverse affects. Only if air bubbles were collecting under or on corals would I be concerned.
     
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  3. Piano10

    Piano10 Aiptasia Anemone

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    That has happened. I have seen tiny bubbles land on the corals and rocks but not a lot and it stops if I keep the filter on the lowest level.
    Why do these filters purge, mine did it most recently.
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Bubbles just build up. I would really worry if the were attached to tissue/gathering in one spot. Like the under side of a brain coral.
     
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    Piano10 Aiptasia Anemone

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    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    Is the tank size the reason for no skimmer? just curious. I am thinking by the picture and your description that you may have cyano and not diatoms. I wouldn't suggest using vodka at this point because I've observed that when I dose vinegar in small amounts there always seems to be some cyano develop :(
     
  7. Piano10

    Piano10 Aiptasia Anemone

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    Its not red though. I thought cyano was red? Its golden algae.

    I took the bag of chemi pure out of my filter and replaced it with a small bag of regular carbon...microbubbles have gone down to very little. The bag of chemipure was too big and causing the bubbles.

    That was a wasted bag of chemipure:(

    Next time i'm getting the nano bag

    Yes, because its 15g i decided to go skimmerless plus I wouldn't be able to run carbon because i'd ditch the filter.
     
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  9. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

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    i agree with you, that looks like a small diatom bloom to me too. as corailline mentioned its far from catastrophic levels but i can understand your furstration. again as mentioned diatoms feed on silicates so we need to figure out where its coming from.... usually diatoms are the first to bloom in a new system and quickly die off. how old is the system (sorry if you already mentioned this) you might want to look into a good RO/DI unit. will save you cash and space in the long run
     
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    Piano10 Aiptasia Anemone

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    I can't plumb a system in my apartment but I am going to buy ro water instead. It very well could be my water.

    My system was started june 20th
     
  11. chum

    chum Coral Banded Shrimp

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    i have been injecting 8ml of vodka twice a week for almost 3 years in my aquaripure filter with no known side effects. nitrates have always stayed at zero since i started it.
     
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