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post #11 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 03:29 PM
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Thanks, reefs, I'll look into it. Would that be in addition to dosing with sugar, or as an alternative to it?

Have you dosed with sugar yourself or do you know people who have? If so, how did it work out?
i've heard and a friend of mne did it for a short while. i actually dosed vodka for quite awhile and used MB7 alongside the vodka so i didn't get a monoculture of bacteria. it works but watch carefully because problems creep up on you and it take a looong time to repair the damage done. i now use bio pellets that theoritically do the same thing but also feed the corals in the process. check my thread out to see what i' using. so far so good. i get lots of polyp extension which is good IMO.

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Do you have a link to the thread you're talking about, reefs? Yeah, I read that biopellets essentially perform the same function as sugar or vodka dosing. I opted for the less expensive route. Do you know if there are any benefits to using biopellets over sugar or vodka?

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it works but watch carefully because problems creep up on you and it take a looong time to repair the damage done.
What sorts of problems can creep up, and what should I be looking out for? Thanks!
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Do you have a link to the thread you're talking about, reefs? Yeah, I read that biopellets essentially perform the same function as sugar or vodka dosing. I opted for the less expensive route. Do you know if there are any benefits to using biopellets over sugar or vodka?

What sorts of problems can creep up, and what should I be looking out for? Thanks!

here's what i'm using amd the thread http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...-47259/page11/. the benefits is a constant dosing and feeding of corals as oppose to you doing it manually. for colors on sps you're looking for consistency. some problems that i ran into is a snot looking algae in the tank. at first i thought it was dinoflagellate but it wasn't. it can get out of hand easily because it kinda like stopping a ship. you gotta see it coming and slam on the brake, several miles later you'll stop but it may be too late then. then it takes forever to get rid of the stuff.

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post #14 of 17 Old 01-13-2011, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, reefs. Do you know what the algae you observed is called if it is in fact an algae? Also, how did/do you manage it, assuming you continued to use biopellets? Is there any reason to suspect that dosing sugar would result in any more of an issue than using biopellets?

It's really incredible - I tested my nitrates this morning, and the API kit is a brighter yellow than I've ever seen it. My nitrates are gone.
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any reason to suspect that dosing sugar would result in any more of an issue than using biopellets?

It's really incredible - I tested my nitrates this morning, and the API kit is a brighter yellow than I've ever seen it. My nitrates are gone.
That's awesome. I love seeing that bright yellow, it's such a "happy" color!!

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Thanks, reefs. Do you know what the algae you observed is called if it is in fact an algae? Also, how did/do you manage it, assuming you continued to use biopellets? Is there any reason to suspect that dosing sugar would result in any more of an issue than using biopellets?

It's really incredible - I tested my nitrates this morning, and the API kit is a brighter yellow than I've ever seen it. My nitrates are gone.
no idea what it's called or if it algae. but it sure is ugly! lol. i quit dosing then dosed sporatically way elow recommended amount. it eventually went away. i'm new to bio pellets so i have no reference to success or not. keeping a close eye on my tank.

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