Our friends over at aquariumslife.com posted an article about using Vodka to reduce NO3 and PO4 from a saltwater aquarium! I’ve never heard of this before but the science seems sound.
My 29 gallon saltwater aquarium is still too young to have any significant NO3 and PO4 buildup, but I’m definitely going to try something like this if it ever becomes a problem. Though I need to find a good protein skimmer. I’m still running the stock equipment that came with my Oceanic BioCube 29 gallon Aquarium.
Here is an excerpt and a link back to the article:
To make a long story short, the goal of dosing Vodka is to provide an organic carbon source to grow bacteria in order to consume phosphates and nitrates. Bacteria are then exported via the protein skimmer and so are the nutrient that it consumed. The idea here is to reduce Nitrate and Phosphate to create a better environment for the fish and invertebrates and reduce the chances of an algae outbreak.