10-06-2007, 08:46 AM
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This is a comment from an actual Aquaripure customer on another forum.
"Waynesreef -- As far as using vodka vs. sugar to a de-nitrator unit, I have been using vodka (no flavor only) for over a year now to feed the bacteria inside my "aquaripure de-nitrator" and had no problems with my 150 gal fish and coral tank. I always had a heavy stocked fish tank for years and struggled with high level of nitrate and hair algea. The typical solution I got from most was to change the water regularly, but had less success and spent lots of $$ in water changes. I did some searched over the web and found a unit that was reasonable in price and easy to feed the bacteria. Most unit I've seen were in the +$200-$300 with the added cost of supplement food. Anyway, at the beginning, I was also concern using vodka for the effect it would do to my fish and corals..so I contacted the manufacturer and the people that had been using their unit. They assured me that which ever food (sugar or vodka) you use, the bacteria will break it down by the time it goes back to your tank...as long as you follow the suggested drip amount. I just add 20 ml/week...after a year used, this brought my nitrate down to -10 ppm. If you need more info, check out "aquaripure.com"............AL"