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Old 03/28/2010, 09:49 PM   #651
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I've been adding it on the other end of my sump lately where my skimmer output is. The negative reaction from my SPS have not been as bad so maybe after a few days I'll bump up the ppm.


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Old 03/28/2010, 09:54 PM   #652
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Maybe it wasn't getting dissolved well enough? I'd try dissolving in some RO water, before pouring in your sump.


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Old 03/28/2010, 10:37 PM   #653
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I always dose my alk/ca/VC at night & then if I remember again in the morning, I'll dose VC again in my DT.
Just reread a few pages and was curious why you do your 2 part at night. I read that it was better to do it with lights on bc of stability issues. I usually dose my 2 part and vc in the am and mag, iodine, and vc in the late afternoon. I'll start mixing the vc in the sump.


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Old 03/28/2010, 10:43 PM   #654
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Heh, because I'm usually running around in the morning getting ready for work & forget! Seems to be working for me.


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Old 03/28/2010, 10:48 PM   #655
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Yepper, I always deal with the tank for 5 minutes in the morning, feed my Labs, get my daughter her milk and vitamin and get myself out the door for work.


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Old 03/28/2010, 10:56 PM   #656
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Yep--lucky I remember to feed the dog! Good thing I don't have kids.


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Old 03/30/2010, 09:07 AM   #657
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Alright, all hornets are now open! Purple hornet has 2 babies, Blue hornet has 1 baby, Spiderman has 6 babies!

Water has been crystal clear since about 2 days into dosing, but I am getting 2 patches of cyano appx. 2"x4" on each side of the tank on the bottom. No biggie, nothing down there anyways.

SPS: Montipora Undata has had better polyp extension and better polyp color. Mind Trick Monti has produced measurable growth since the start of dosing (it's grown more since I started dosing than it has since I got it 2 months ago...). Pokerstar monti now has shades of pink, which looks bad a$$ IMHO. Setosa has turned from orange to pinkish, which my girlfriend approves of.

All in all, great results that AFAIK can be attributed to the VC dosing.


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Old 03/30/2010, 11:33 AM   #658
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My Alien Eye chalice has developed pink in it too, which is really cool. I also have a bit of cyano but I attest that to older bulbs.


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Old 03/30/2010, 01:07 PM   #659
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I've got a 150w Phoenix that's about 2 months old...


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Old 03/30/2010, 01:31 PM   #660
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It still is normal to see some cyano when 1st dosing. So glad to hear of your success with it!


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Old 03/30/2010, 09:24 PM   #661
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Well I can't report that I see better coloration from my Zoos, LPS, or SPS, but my phosphates and nitrates are 0! Ladies and gentlemen those two parameters have never been zero......ever. What's also interesting is that although Ive upped my Ca and Mg 5ml and 2 ml respectively daily in response to the last tests 2 weeks ago where they had dropped, my Ca and Mg still dropped. Maybe this is due to more growth as I haven't added anything to my system. Not really sure.


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Old 04/06/2010, 09:14 AM   #662
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Been following the thread for a while... and just wanted to report results of VC treatment on my own tank. I run a 10g/10g with PCs hosting soft and LPS corals.

Maybe two months ago, virtually every zoanthid in my tank was unhappy. All were either closed or partially closed and some were even receding. Everything else in the tank, frogspawn, GSP, xenia, mushrooms, etc. looked good. The green hair algae covering my rock and zoa frags also looked very healthy.

For the zoa problem, I had tried different lighting, moving to quarantine, medication, changing salt mix (to Reef Crystals from IO)... you name it... nothing seemed to help. Finally, I ran across your VC dosing system here, and gave it a go.

I dosed what I thought to be 10ppm twice a day for two weeks. I dissolved 1/8 teaspoon of sodium ascorbate powder into a bit of RO and added to my sump. For my system and the powder I was using, that may have been too much, because towards the end, I started seeing some clouding and whitish growth on my glass and my xenia started to get really skinny. At that point, I stopped dosing.

The very good news is that just a few days into it, the positive results began. First, the zoas were clearly more colorful... the centers of the partially open ones fluoresced beautifully. Then slowly but surely, the polyps on each different variety began to relax and open. And each day they seemed to look better. The improvement has continued to this day, even though I stopped dosing over a month ago. I can say these corals even look better than the day I got them home from the store.

And it gets better. My GHA problem has completely disappeared. I mean it is g-o-n-e gone. I wasn't counting on the VC to help with that, but it has. I am literally thrilled with the results. I can't say enough about how much it has helped. THANK YOU for all your help!


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Old 04/06/2010, 11:03 AM   #663
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Yippee, another great rebound! Yes, the VC will starve your algae. My cheato disappeared too.


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Old 04/10/2010, 01:37 PM   #664
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Hi im aware that this is more expensive then then the other you linked but its available locally. Would you consider it the same
http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Sodiu...227-g/795?at=0


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Old 04/10/2010, 01:41 PM   #665
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That looks right to me, you might try double checking the ingredients before purchasing though. Some forms of vitamin c had copper or other undesirable chemicals but it should say on the bottle.


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Old 04/10/2010, 02:03 PM   #666
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Exact same thing, just 1/2 the amount of the 16oz.


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Old 04/10/2010, 03:11 PM   #667
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thanks for the fast reply i have read this thread from start to finish and i am going to give this a shot. I looked back but couldnt find it. Did someone say 5 salifert test spoons = 1/4 tspn? thanks


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Old 04/10/2010, 03:38 PM   #668
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Yes, you are correct. You started at the very 1st split of this thread???


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Old 04/10/2010, 04:37 PM   #669
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Thanks. Yup i started on page 1 of the first part of this and read every post as well as every post or article linked off of it. I like to read lol. On a side not the C i bought from a health food store. It was in the Pet section. I asked the clerk why and was told because most people who buy it either use it in their fish tank or for their dog


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Old 04/10/2010, 05:08 PM   #670
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Ingredients? Lots of great info on VC in the Reef Chemistry forum too.


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Old 04/10/2010, 06:54 PM   #671
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After reading this thread, I've decided to give it a try. A lot of my zoas have been unhappy the past month or so. No real change in any of the tank parameters. The only thing different is that I've been dosing Mg for bryopsis.
Most zoas appear to be healthy except they have really lost a lot of color. One colony of them (can't remember name right now) isn't opening. Just started my first dose tonight. I'll try to post some before and after pics.


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Old 04/11/2010, 12:37 AM   #672
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If you mean me the only ingredients are vit c and sodium


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Old 04/11/2010, 08:25 AM   #673
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You mean ascorbic acid? How much per tsp or 1/4 tsp? Be sure to compare against the amounts used in our chart for ppm dosing.


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Old 04/11/2010, 09:43 AM   #674
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I should of been clearer its Vitamin C from Sodium Ascorbate and Sodium from Sodium Ascorbate. It is 1690mg per 1/2 tsp. My tank is a 65g with a sump. I figure with live rock etc my total water is pretty close to 65 so im basing it off of that. I am mostly doing this because this seems like a safer way to dose for N/P reduction.

I started this morning by dosing 1 salifert spoon (approx 169mg or .7ppm). I will do this twice a day adding a spoon every 3-5 days untill i get to a 1/4tsp.

Assuming i get the same results as others have posted i will be getting the nutribiotics version that you use and up to a 1/4 tsp of that which will leave me at around 4.5ppm which from what i understand will be a good maintenance dose.

Thanks alot for the effort you put into this.


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Old 04/11/2010, 09:50 AM   #675
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1690 mg of ascorbic acid??? Should be ascorbic acid mixed with sodium.

I think you can safely start out with a 1/4 tsp. I started at that for my 40g (way less water volume in this tank with rocks too). Since the I-herb stuff contains 1112 mg per 1/4 tsp, you're getting even less value.


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