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Old 02/14/2020, 09:31 AM   #1
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Vodka Dosing Stringy Mess!

Hello everyone! I recently got done cycling and setting up an 80 Gallon tank (Cycle completed over 6 months ago). I have right now one chromis and one conk. I also started vodka dosing every day. Started at .5mL and capped off at 2mL currently. In the past few days, I started noticing white stringy algae all over my rocks and sand. I can't really figure out what this is, but I assume its from the vodka dosing. Anyone know what this may be or how to get rid of it? I just started lowering vodka to 1mL to see if that helps. Thought id ask here to see what you all think.


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Old 02/14/2020, 09:39 AM   #2
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Thought id post a picture.
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Old 02/14/2020, 12:54 PM   #3
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Bacteria. You were overdosing. Back off when you see bacterial sludge. Personally, I think your tank is too young to even dose carbon.


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Old 02/14/2020, 01:36 PM   #4
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Yep.. Masses of bacteria (bacterial snot) typically indicative of carbon dosing overdose..

Drop it back to 1mL for now and see how that does..

Are you seeing a reduction in nitrates from the carbon dosing?
Got the skimmer running?


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Old 02/14/2020, 02:17 PM   #5
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Skimmers running, seems to be pulling a lot of sludge out. Canít seem to fine tune it though. I get a lot of water in my waste cup even at a low setting. Iím actually not seeing a reduction in nitrates at all. But itís not raising either. Iíll drop it down to 1mL and see if that corrects the issue.


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Old 02/14/2020, 04:07 PM   #6
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I fixed the first post of the link. "IMG" tags only work for pictures without framing.

I agree that you are seeing a bacteria bloom. I also agree with backing off on the carbon. Spending a minute or two removing as much slime as is easy to get might help speed the process a bit, but I wouldn't put a lot of effort into it.


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Old 02/14/2020, 10:29 PM   #7
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I also agree to back off dosing carbon. I have been dosing vodka for over 10 years now and there are times that i would see sludge and just throttle back on the dosing pump a bit. If your tank is under a year old its wayyyy too soon to be using vodka unless you aquired a bunch of fish and corals froma another tank and have an immediate bioload.


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Old 02/15/2020, 08:35 AM   #8
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Thanks guys! Iíll back it off and see what happens. Maybe Iíll stop all together!


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Old 02/16/2020, 04:48 PM   #9
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You're welcome. Good luck!


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Old 02/18/2020, 10:32 AM   #10
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Maybe Iíll stop all together!
It is normally quite effective at reducing nitrates and even phosphates..
If reduction is needed I wouldn't stop it unless you have something else to continue the effort.

Carbon dosing can take a few weeks or so to get going but should be working to lower nutrient levels..

What are your current nitrate levels and how long have you been dosing for?


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Currently nitrates are at 20ppm and I was dosing 2mL. Slowly ramped up to that after a week.


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So you have only been dosing for a week or so? If so patience...it can take a few weeks or more.
NOTHING good happens fast in this hobby..


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Old 02/18/2020, 10:54 PM   #13
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It has been about two weeks. But the stringy white stuff is more annoying now. It looks terrible and wonít go away!


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Old 02/18/2020, 11:43 PM   #14
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You might get faster results if you spend a few minutes a day siphoning out the mess. Just try to get what's easy to get. The idea is to export nutrients. Also, I'd stop any feeding.


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