carbon dosing(vodka,vinegar or sugar)how does it affect cyano appearance or growth

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  1. mandarinman

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    carbon dosing(vodka,vinegar or sugar)how does it affect cyano appearance or growth?
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    Generally fuels it, like most bacteria
     
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    warr hit the nail on the head:thumbup:
     
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    Carbon dosing, if used correctly will help bacterial growth, but it shouldn't fuel cyano which tends to use phosphates, but you will need to research the methods and fully understand the need before chucking vodka or vinegar in your tank.
     
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    :) Hi i have just started the sugar treatment.
    you start with enough sugar to cover your fingernail and disolve it warm water, you add this to your tank. you increase the doseage everyday for 14days until you have a cloudy haze in the tank. once you have had this happen the amount of sugar that coused it lets say 1teaspoon you will half it and thats what you will put in the tank from now on. dont worry about the haze it will go away and you will notice how clean your tank is, people that have had this happen to them though there was something wrong and gave a water change and lost the entire tank. you will have a cup full of brown crap from the skimmer every couple of days until the tank has stablised.
     
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    Why would this happen ?
     
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    sugar are meant to provide bacteria with carbon to allow them to proliferate quickly, and bind up nutrients in the tank. so if you do a large water change at that time of bacterial bloom it could shock the system. for that reason you should trim down your skimmer until the bacterial bloom is over usally lasting 2 days
     
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    There is no such effect with dosing vodka. There is no visual difference at all
     
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    I have dosed vodka and vinegar, while doing normal weekly water changes never heard or experienced anything like this
     
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    i dose vodka, never had a tank go bad, but did once have a bit of a white cover on my glass on the water side which comes off, but never had it go bad cause of water changes.
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