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Johan van Aardt

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this morning when i woke up my marine tanks water was cloudy, i thought nothing of it at first but now when i looked closer i saw that everything is outside of the rocks, all the bristle worms and all the pods are just laying there. there are no fish inside the tank just two hermit crabs.

I please need urgent advice?
 

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What are your water parameters Johan? Have you done anything to the tank in the last couple of days?
 

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i have done nothin except add a buffer and 2ml of vodca to bring down the nitrate, other than that the tank was fine untill last night when i went to bed
 

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Eish, dude, do you know how to dose Vodka ?

Sounds like the parameters have gone out of whack or you have a major bloom of something
 

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Dosing with vodka is a very precise 'art'. People that use this method normally start out with 0.1ml. It needs a lot of research and understanding before using vodka in your tank.

Anyway, we need to know your parameters. How much buffer did you add and what buffer is it?

Are all the bristleworms and pods dead?
 

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some worms are still alive and some are dead, basicly what i found out is that it was a reaction between the buffer and vodca, i now did a massive water change and took out all the dead worms and pods i could see.

as for my parameters that i tested

nitrite 0
nitrate 0
ammonia 0
 

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Did you possible add an alkalinity buffer and a calcium buffer at the same time? Do you regularly add these buffers in large amounts and do you know what the alk and Ca parameters were before you added them?
 

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Aish, what size tank and what is your temp at the moment?
The milky water is one of 3 things
A. Bacterial bloom
B. Bacterial die off because of heat issues
C. Snow storm with too high a kh level.
 

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1) Temp "over temp ?"

2) How longs the tank been running for ? "any new live rock been added ?

3) Do you have a DSB ? Dosing voka can cause your DSB problems

4) Has anything been sprayed over or near the tank ? "fly spray , nice air smell stuff etc etc"
 

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Hi friend like alan said, and vodca method should be used with caution only 0,1mil per 100 lts every day for 2 weeks then 0.2mil and 0,3mil and on and on every 2 weeks till you get to 1mill per 100 lts per day and dont forget to add stability from seachem every day when you use vodca,i nice water change you should do and check you kh and ph parr
 

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I dose 2ml of vodka for 700 litres. You have caused and bacterial bloom which has probably dropped the O2 levels in your tank. Go to a web site called reefkeeping.com and look for an article called "vpdka dosing distilled". This will explain a safe way to implement a carbon dosing regimen. You should have a KH of 7 for a probiotic system
 

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