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    getting close to starting zeo, performing regular water changes and paying extra attention to everything. would like to get tank in tip top shape before starting zeo. currently battling a small case of valonia and cyano. i believe both may be more prevalent now since i need to switch out RODI canisters and membrane. i also increased feeding from every other day to every day. i think i may go back to every other day. besides these 2 things, everything is going good and almost all corals look great. also for past 4 or 5 months, i haven't been doing water changes as often as i should. until then i had been doing regular monthly 25% changes. once my new RODI canisters and membrane arrive, i'm going to do another big water change, maybe 35%. after that i plan on starting ZEO and doing weekly or every other week changes. my main attraction to ZEO is the fact that it lowers nutrients. since i utilize a DSB, this is my main concern. if ZEO will help prevent a DSB crash all while jazzing up the looks of my corals, then it's for me. here's my info:
    1. gross water volume - about 102g. tank is 92g plus 22g sump which i keep 1/2 full.
    2. net water volume - if u are asking the amount of actual water in tank and sump, i would have to say about 70g.
    3. no CA reactor
    4. no PO4 reactor
    5. no ozone
    6. no UV
    7. skimmmer - Euroreef CS6-2, from what i remember, it's rated for 500g.
    8. PO4 - 0.01 / NO3 almost undetectable
    9. Ca 400-420/ Alk about 8dkh /MG levels tend to dip under 1000. i sometimes get it up to around 1300 w/ Kent Tech M. i need to pay more attention to this also. right now Mg is about 1000.
    10. no regugium, i use LR and DSB
    11. 2X250W DE 14.5K Geiseman Megachrome on a PFO dual HQI ballast and 2 95W URI actinic VHO on an ice-cap 430.
    12. mainly SPS (acros, montis, etc.) w/ a few LPS and a few zoos
    13. tissue color - mainly lighter
    14. tank started 4/14/02 almost 3 years old
    15. i mainly want to use the zeovit system to prevent nutrient buildup in DSB. i do not use a fuge. besides that, i would like corals to color up more.
    16. only supplemntal dosing i use is B Ionic daily. if i should need to raise Ca i will use turbo ca. if i need to raise Mg i use Kent tech m. i also use recommended dosage of lugol's solution.
    17. 155lb LR( mostly marshall is and branch fiji, since tank was started, almost 3 years old).
    140lb pure aragonite sand for 3-5" DSB
    18. currently only problems i see are bubble algae and a slight case of cyano. i have had a couple millepora and montis start getting white around edges. i broke off white section and most were ok, a couple went on to die. i also have a yongei which is bleaching starting from 1/2 way up base. it was started as a frag and really has not grown much. don't know why i have problems with this 1 especially.
    19. problem description, see #18.
    20. i use only salifert test kits, oldest ones are from when tank was started almost 3 years ago. Ca and Mg are newest ones, maybe 1.5 years old.
    21. have not started zeo yet.
    22. salinity 1.023-1.024, ph 7.8-8.1, temp 79-80.
    ** a couple other things i wanted to say, i do not and will not be using a reactor. have no room for reactor and plumbing. i will either use a small fluval or just put zeo in sump. i also use a 50micron filter sock in sump which is switched every 5 or 6 days. i know i've read that u should start zeo slow but don't know how i will do this if i use zeo in sump, or in fluval.**
    2. net water volume
    92 corner SPS BB, 2X250W Phoenix 14K/PFO dual HQI ballast, 2X95W URI actinic VHO/Ice-Cap 430, Euro-reef CS6-2, Iwaki 30RXT return, 4XTUNZE 6000 on MC,22g sump,135lb Fiji branch/Marshall Is. LR/ tank up 4/16/03

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    DMK, good that you're moving forward with ZEOvit. It's important for SPS, that your parameters are inline with NSW & stable. Failure to do this will stress your SPS & eventually result in a shut-down syndrome. For your system, I recommend running a Fluval over filter sock for your zeolites. Go ahead & run it continuously, if cycling would result in back syphoning. Dose 1/2ltr. of zeolites in the Fluval at 50gph. Shake the canister vigorously 2x's/day. & exchange these stones in 4wks. After the first zeolite change the quantity to be used is 3/4ltrs. Dose 3/4Cup carbon passively, in sump, & knead this every other day & exchange every 4wks. Dose Bak/Food 2drops/2drops daily for the 1st 2wks, then 2x's/wk. Turn-off the skimmer for 60min after dosing these. Dose .25ml Start 2x's/day daily for the entirety. Ask any questions, as they appear. Bob
    "There might be something to this ZEOvit"


    • #3
      thanks bob, what size fluval do u think?
      92 corner SPS BB, 2X250W Phoenix 14K/PFO dual HQI ballast, 2X95W URI actinic VHO/Ice-Cap 430, Euro-reef CS6-2, Iwaki 30RXT return, 4XTUNZE 6000 on MC,22g sump,135lb Fiji branch/Marshall Is. LR/ tank up 4/16/03


      • #4
        I've never used one--but I'd guess a medium would hold the necessary zeolites, & the output can be valved to control the gph thru it. Bob
        "There might be something to this ZEOvit"