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    For online translations please use the Links at the end of the Thread. is proud to introduce the Featured Tank.
    Pawel Szember (paszembe) has been chosen to showcase his beautiful aquarium.
    Please scroll down for more details.


    Display Tank: 160cm-75cm-55cm / 660 liters
    Frag/quarantine tank: 120cm-50cm-25cm / 150 liters
    Sump: 140x60x45cm / 378 liters (water level 25cm)

    Total Volume: gross 1038 liters + 150 liters frag tank (282 US gallons + 40 US gallons)
    /net ~ 800l + 120l frag tank


    Alkalinity: ~6.7 (Salifert)
    Calcium: don’t know
    pH: 8.0-8.3 (Profilux)
    Magnesium: don’t know
    Temperature: 25-27C
    PO4 (Phosphate): 0.00 (Hanna)
    NO3 (Nitrate): 0.2-1 (Salifert)
    Salinity: 34ppt


    Display tank lighting setup:

    Ati Powermodule 10x80W
    3x Giessman Actinic Blue
    2x KZ Fiji Purple
    5x KZ New Generation

    Full light from 12-20 (8h), 2 blue bulbs from 10-22 (12h/day)

    Frag tank:

    Ati Powermodule 8x54W + LED ( but I don’t use leds, only T5’s)
    3x Giessman Actinic Blue
    3x Giessman Aquablue Coral
    1x Giessman Super Purple

    Full light 8h a day from 12-20


    ZEOvit Products:

    Zeolites: 1,5l (800l/h flow) replaced every 6 weeks
    Activated Carbon: 0,5l replaced every 4 weeks
    Zeobak: 6 drops 3x week
    Zeostart: 1,2ml/day (divided into 2 doses 6am and 6pm)
    Biomate: 6 drops 2x week
    Sponge Power: 6 drops 3x week
    Amino Acid High Concentrate: 6 drops 3x week
    Xtra Special: 3ml/day
    B-Balance: 3ml/day
    K-Balance Strong: 3ml/day
    Zeofood Plus: 12drops 3x week
    Zeozym: 1 teaspoon once a week
    Coral Booster: 3ml/day

    Fauna Marine Professional Sea Salt 100l water change every 1 or 2 weeks

    Experiences with the products:
    I’ve been using different KZ products in my last 3 tanks since 2014
    and even if sometimes I’ve been trying different approaches with good results
    this is the system, I like the most.


    Ca / KH addition: Calcium reactor with Knopp media
    Reverse Osmosis: 75gpd with 2 DI columns (8l+0,5l)

    Water Circulation:
    Red Dragon 12m3 as a main pump
    2x Tunze 6105 + 2x Maxpect Gyre XF 250

    Cooling System: Teco TR20 controlled by Profilux

    ZEOvit Reaktor: Twistman Zeo-450-160 powered by Aquabee UP 1000 pump

    Protein Skimmer: Bubble King 300 Deluxe (internal)


    Around 100 different SPS (mostly) acropora species + just a few LPS + 1 Tridacna

    Acanthurus leucosternon
    Zebrasoma Flavescens
    Zebrasoma Xanthurum
    Paracanthurus Fepatus
    Ctenochaetus Tominiensis
    Chelmon Rostratus
    Pseudocheilinus Hexataenia
    Pseudanthias Squamipinnis
    Nemateleotris Decora
    Pseudochromis Elongatus (probably/guessing)
    Halichoeres Rubricephalus

    Lysmata Wurdemanni ~4x
    Lysmata Amboinensis ~ 4x
    Mithraculus Sculptus x2
    Snails (Trochus, Turbo, Tectus etc.)


    IT Manager

    Married, with three wonderful daughters

    Other Hobbies?
    Not at the moment

    Are you a happy ZEOvit user?
    Yes, very happy, although there are some problems with availability of some Zeovit/KZ products where I live.

    What/Who got you into the reef hobby?
    I was on vacation with my family and I was able to taste a little of the marine world and then I realized that a saltwater tank is what I really want.

    Last coral or fish acquired?
    Acropora Granulosa

    Is energy saving a concern for you when purchasing equipment?
    Yes, but high quality of equipment has the priority

    Who do you call for help when you have problems with your aquarium?
    Nobody at the moment, but few years ago I used to consult some issues with my friend Krzysztof Tryc. Nowadays I’d rather have a regular chat with my fellow reef friends like Robert K mostly to exchange observations and experiences with the products etc.

    Have you ever dived or snorkeled and seen an open reef?
    Yes, during holidays.

    Which is your all time favorite aquarium(s)?
    Krzysztof Tryc’s, Andrew’s (V1-rotate)’s, Mr. Kangs

    Why did you choose to run ZeoVit?
    I’ve tried probably all the methods with great results, but I like to be forced to keep in touch with my tank to be able to control what’s going inside it and Zeovit forces me do it better than any other method.

    Have you used any other filtration methods before ZeoVit?
    Yes: Berlin style, Biopellets (small , big, all in one, etc), Aquaforest

    What is the biggest asset of ZeoVit system in your opinion?
    It encourages you to keep a close eye on your tank. Because you can potentially tweak so many things with different products - you’re expecting some results/changes and it makes you observe your tank even closer and this in the end makes you a better reefer because you are more in tune with your reef.

    How do you manage to run the system while you are away from home (on holidays etc)?
    The aquarium has a redundant power supply (UPS + power generator) in case of major electricity problems, all the critical parameters can be checked online and/or I can be notified by and email/sms (Profilux), webcam etc. and there is also always someone nearby to take care of the house (water the plants/garden, take care of my dog & cat , shake the zeolites, feed the fishes etc.)

    What was your biggest problem you had experienced with current aquarium and how did you solve it?
    About two years ago my reef started to die slowly, tips or corals were burned, there was no growth at all, even a simple SPS like montipora were dying. It took me a whole year with losing almost all my corals and a restart with still no progress to finally find that I’ve put an electric valve on a pipe I’m using to fill evaporated water but from time to time during a water change also the salt water was passing through that pipe poisoning my reef probably with some heavy metals.(ICP tests didn’t find any problems) in the water. After removing that valve, the situation came back to normal in a few days and I’ve started again from scratch with just a few small frags.

    What would you advice to fellow reefers who are just starting with ZeoVit.
    - Be patient, success comes with time (months or years rather than days or weeks)
    - strong biology in the tank is most of the time underestimated, good water chemistry is important but freshly made saltwater strait from the bucket has a good chemistry but corals will still die so don’t get yourself fixed on test results too much
    - you don’t need all the products that others are using at once, use them to fix problems or to tune your tank but not because it’s new or popular
    - Nobody should or could tell you what to do in your tank because nobody knows your tank better – watch, learn, observe, make research but make your own decisions

    What salt mix do you use?
    Mostly Fauna Marin Professional Sea Salt, but I’ve used different brands over years with great results

    Do you use any other coral food beside KZ products?
    Not at the moment

    Do you dose any other supplements beside ZeoVit additives?
    Not at the moment

    Can you best describe the effect zeovit products have on your corals e.g. do you notice improved blue colours dosing pif better pinks with k+?
    Firstly, you can keep a lot of fishes and still be able to have good coral coloration and growth. Secondly in my private experience this is the only system that allows me to keep some of my corals really pink and yellow.

    Bulbs configuration, why did you choose this set of bulbs?
    It makes my tank really bright in a warm way that is natural and preferred to me. I don’t like blueish dark reefs you can see nowadays with led blue lights.


    Special thanks to the whole Zeovit community, all the Mods and Admins.
    There is also a special thanks to my wife and family for supporting me in my hobby.


    Nikon d5100 with:
    -Nikkor 18-55mm
    -Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8
    -Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3

    Some more pictures of the tank

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    Last edited by G.Alexander; 03-31-2020, 04:28 AM.
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  • #2
    Congrats, this is very nice!


    • #3
      Congratulations, beautiful coral reef.


      • #4
        Thank you.
        Recently I've decided that my tank became too overpopulated by corals so I've reduced the number of corals and reshaped the left island. Here is a full tank shot from this week.



        • #5
          Great and beautiful coral. Excuse me, will Zeo Spur2 be considered for future addition?


          • #6
            Beautiful as always, congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



            • #7
              Espectacular Reef, enhorabuena.

              Saludos el zurdo


              • #8
                super! congratulation and a realy nice and clean looking tank!

                Pls keep updating us from time to time
                Greetings from Berlin


                • #9
                  Thank you again.
                  Jacky - I'll probably never use ZeoSpur2 - I don't like ma corals to be too bright.
                  Berlin-riff - of course I'll keep you up to date.
                  In a meantime if you have some spare time you can check some of my older pics here:

        [email protected]
                  or even some older videos of my previous tanks.



                  • #10
                    Thank you. I watched the video
                    "SPS REEF TANK 22.11.2018"
                    "My 650l SPS tank 17.09.2016"
                    the coral is very beautiful.

                    It seems that the feeding is quite rich and can share your medication plan? And can you share your experience with the adjustment of the coral appearance? Thank you.


                    • #11
                      Hi Pawel

                      What a nice tank, with beautiful corals
                      I like it

                      Best regards
                      Gruß und Dank

                      Mein Aquarium


                      • #12
                        Congratz man,

                        Nice tank.


                        • #13
                          Today's update, nothing new to report..


                          • #14
                            Hi Pawel,

                            Very nice tank and beautiful pictures!
                            Keep up the very good work

                            I notice you do not dose some Iodine solution at all?

                            kind regards, Georg


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sps_muc View Post
                              Hi Pawel,

                              Very nice tank and beautiful pictures!
                              Keep up the very good work

                              I notice you do not dose some Iodine solution at all?

                              kind regards, Georg
                              Thank you,
                              that is true. I don't use PIF or Jod Complex - but not for particular reason - I just don't