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Lomholt
08/12/2012, 07:32 AM
Ethanol used in Vodka is expensive in my area. I am dosing it every day using a computer, and have a good balance. But is it possible to use Ethanol in a reef aquarium? I have searched the forum and looked into many topics but without a conclusions.

Can Methanol (not ethanol!) be used in a reef aquarium removing nitrate, NO3 or is it toxi to fish an corals?

Caryliss
08/12/2012, 07:33 AM
Given how very toxic methanol is in people and other mammals I would be very afraid to try it in a reef tank.

erm213
08/12/2012, 07:38 AM
Have you considered dosing with vinegar instead? Cheaper than vodka.

Erik

Lomholt
08/12/2012, 07:55 AM
Given how very toxic methanol is in people and other mammals I would be very afraid to try it in a reef tank.

For human and land creatures like rats it is very toxi, but I have just read that Methanol has a low toxicity for organisms living in water.

Se this link (translated from DK to UK):
http://translate.google.dk/translate?hl=en&sl=da&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ax-lab.dk%2Fuploads%2Fmedia%2FOrange_G-6_56.pdf

Search for fish and see the text is in the left side of the document.

downbeach
08/12/2012, 07:59 AM
Red Sea's NO3-PO4 - X product is a blend of methanol and acitic acid.

Fishbulb2
08/12/2012, 08:41 AM
I would just try vinegar. It would likely be the cheaper safer route.

FB

disc1
08/12/2012, 10:32 AM
Methanol can be used but I'm not sure about how the dosage changes. It is toxic to fish but not at the levels you'd be dosing into your tank.

I will agree that vinegar is probably a better and even cheaper option.