A while ago we had some vodka treatment discussions and I wonder if we can now get a report on the results and maybe someone can explain the process in detail so more reefers who are interested can try it or make up their minds to stay away.
I've never used vodka (well, not in my tank, anyway ), so unfortunately I cannot help through personal experience.Guys like reef maniac and irie ivan would be able to explain better. my best advice to you is to make sure you know what you getting in to first.
Thanks tridan, and well said in post number 9.Guys like reef maniac and irie ivan would be able to explain better. my best advice to you is to make sure you know what you getting in to first.
My hunch is that even without adding sugars that the high density of fish and corals and inverts constantly releasing mucus in a closed water volume already has our carbon (as sugars) way far from normal
Adding or manipulating carbon is unquestionably something that can kill corals based on these papers that directly address the addition of carbon sources and concurrent changes in surfact biota to opportunistic pathogens or the shift to gram negatives.
Eric borneman http://forum.marinedepot.com/Topic60528-9-1.aspx?Highlight=vodkaNow, let me throw something else very significant into the mix. Corals photosynthesize like algae. In high light, many species can produce over 100% of their metabolic carbon needs. Now, the interesting part is that the majority of respired carbon is lost as mucus. So, coral mucus is a high carbon source, and we pack a lot of mucus producing species into small volumes of water. So, I would guess that reef aquariums are already highly aberrant in having elevated carbon. That should be looked at, and I plan to do this at some point.
from:A study by researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and San Diego State University shows that elevated organic carbon levels (present in simple sugars) lead to a chain of events that adversely affects coral health. Findings were published in studies in the May 22, 2005 and June 9, 2006 issues of the journal Marine Ecology Progress Coral Series...........reef death has been attributed to a number of factors including declining water quality, pollution, global warming, over-fishing and reef-specific disease. Now sugars can be added to the list – possibly even as a major player in some parts of the world, said David Kline, PhD, a post-doctoral researcher at STRI.
I was hinting towards something like that..........Ivan where do you see the ZEO system having an advantage over just normal carbon source feeding ?
The introduction of bacteria through ZEObac or the mulm in terms of food ?
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