Carbon dosing

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  1. Express Reef

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    I'm currently doing huge amount of research on carbon dosing. I notice the most basic/trusted method is Vodka, however I have read that some use White vinegar, sugar or Vitamin C.

    Any one that can share how they dose any liquid form carbon?

    Just a point of interest, have anyone ever tried to dose Pure Ethanol? Looking at Pure Vodka it is a source of Ethanol...
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    I dosed vodka.

    You could use pure ethanol, vodka is basically watered down ethanol anyway. But vodka is a alot cheaper and easier to get hold of.
     
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    Is bio pellets not safer?
     
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    Im dosing normal vinager. Just started so will see how it goes.
     
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    i use normal vinegar, cost me R110 for 20L
    very cost effective as just as good as the rest, also no risk of cyano
     
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    no longer using cubes?
     
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    I've been using vinegar for a while now and it's working pretty well for me, nice and cheap too.
     
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    i use both, that way i get the best of both
     
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    I do vodka .... Works pretty well brought nitrates right down....you can google the table and it will show you exactly what to do...very easy to follow
     
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    Vinegar and orca cubes. Works very well. Best to do it via auto doser.
     
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    Whats your ratio for dosing
     
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    Dosing NoPox at 30ml on 800l. What would vinegar ratio be?
     
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    Vitamin C works well. I use calcium ascorbate powder from a local health store. Your zoos will also benefit.
     
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    What vinegar?

    Must it be distilled white wine vinegar or is normal white vinegar at 5% okay?
    I see they might have some preservatives in the normal one?
    I read an article that suggested vinegar is better than vodka as bacteria can utilize it better, also stipulated less likely for cyano outbreak.
     
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    Just normal 5% white vinegar. You can normally get in 5ltr at bulk supply stores. Here in jhb I just get from Westpack 4x5ltr cost almost nothing
     
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    Can you explain the graph.
    Is that total ml over that given week or how does it work.
     
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    Its ml per day for the given week. You also need to keep testing cause once you reached your desired result you wont be increasing your dosage amount but rather doing a maintance dose
     
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