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Old 02/14/2020, 10:31 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, 10:39 AM   #2
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Thought id post a picture.
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Old 02/14/2020, 01:54 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, 02:36 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, 03:17 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, 05:07 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, 11:29 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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Thanks guys! Iíll back it off and see what happens. Maybe Iíll stop all together!


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You're welcome. Good luck!


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