Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Undetectable Nitrates and Phosphates - How to dose vodka?
I've been asked numerous times on if it is possible to dose vodka when nitrates and/or phosphates are undetectable. Most people will ask this if they have undetectable levels and are suffering from hair algae. The simple answer is yes it is possible. My recommendation would be to take it slow. If you use the Reef Keeping article, located at the bottom of this blog, you will find dosing instructions for vodka with various proofs and aquarium sizes. Start off using the chart recommendation and increase until the hair algae fails to return after manually removing it by hand. It may take a few weeks to get the desired effect. Continuation at the same dose will give the best results once the hair algae has been removed and no longer returns.