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  • Getting Acros to color up...

    1. Gross water volume of your complete system (incl. sump etc.)
    260 gallons
    2. Net water volume (incl. sump etc.)
    200 gallons
    3. Are you using a CaCO2 reactor or other technique
    Korallin 1502 Reactor
    4. Are you using a PO4 reactor (how long, how long ago, etc.)
    5. Are you using Ozone
    6. Are you using UV
    7. What skimmer are you using (type, rated water volume)
    ASM G3 Skimmer (Rated @ 250 Gallons)
    8. What are your actual PO4 and NO3 levels
    P04 = undetected / NO3 = undetected
    9. What are your actual Ca, Alk and Mg levels
    CA = 450 / dHK = 7 / MG = 1350
    10. What filtration method do you use (refugium, DSB, Miracle Mud, etc.)
    11. Type of light (Watt, color temp, how old, etc.)
    4 DE 250 Watts / Pheonix 14K bulbs
    12. What corals do you keep
    13. Tissue color (light or dark)
    Dark/Brown on some / DAMN good looking on others
    14. How long has the tank been running
    1.5 years before crash, 6 months since crash
    15. Why do you want to use the ZEOvit system
    I'm using it currently
    16. Any supplemental dosing (type, amount, why, etc.)
    17. Live rock (how much, how old, etc.)
    150lbs....2 Years
    18. Any present problems
    Yah....Some SPS pieces not coloring up
    19. Problem description (tissue loss tips, tissue loss base, diatom bloom,
    algae, etc.)
    Brown Acros
    20. What test kit do you use (how old, recently switched, etc.)
    Salifert and LaMotte
    21. Present dosing, amounts and intervals (ZEOvit, ZEObak, ZEOfood, ZEOstart, ZEOspur2, etc.)
    2 Liters / 4 Drops / 4 Drops / 4ML
    22. Other water parameters and water stability (salinity, temp, etc.)
    Temp = 79 F
    Salinity = 1.026

    For those who know me, I've been running Zeo for approx 5-6 months now. I have have no idea what stage I am in....But I do have some very colorful acros....At the same token though...I do have some pretty damn brown acros (tri-colors).....I've been dosing 4 drops bak, 4 drops food, and 4ml start every other day for 2 weeks when I do a ZeoLith change out..and twice a week subsequent 4 weeks......I've been having steady growth, colors, and health....But on some of my Acros (tri-colors)...I cannot seem to get it to color up to when I first bought them....

    Last week I decided to try something new....I increased dosage to 6 drops bak / 6 drops food / 6ml start.....within 1 weeks time most my corals started to look dull and brown.....I stopped dosing after that week and today it looks like it's coloring back up.....

    Point of this story...I'd like to get ALL my acors to color up.....Any input?


    Here are some pictures

  • #2
    Looks very nice. Well done.


    • #3
      Are you just trying to rub it in Allen?

      Do you have any pics of the "brown" corals?


      • #4
        Brown coral??? I count 3 or 4

        Tank Specs:60g Cube SPS/Clam tank, ASM G1x Skimmer, DIY ZEOvit Reactor, 1x400w EVC 14k, Marine Life Aquatics CR-250 CaRx (RIP)

        Not sure yet.....Build Thread to come!


        • #5
          Hi Allen, Im crusnched for time now & will post-up some thoughts later afternoon. Tricolors are notorious for browning For now check on their bases for FW's. Bob
          "There might be something to this ZEOvit"


          • #6
            Hi Allen, I certainly agree you have a beautiful reef/corals with ZEOvit. Some corals just don't make the transition well to our aquaria. As I mentioned above tricolors are one of the more difficult to color. but like many that darken within the first few wks in our reefs, these do regain color. Also, it is not possible to keep all coral colors in tip-top, 100% condition, all of the time, because our corals are always changing, as are our nutrients.
            Your narrative describing darkening of SPS with increased zeo-quantities & improvement with discontinuing dosing for a time, demonstrates the need to adjust the zeo-amounts as one proceeds deeper into ZEOvit. I still have one brown Acropora after 11mos. on ZEOvit, but at 5-6 mos, I had several that were disappointing to me. In fact, I'm comtemplating giving that one brown Acropora, a Spur2 dip Bob
            "There might be something to this ZEOvit"


            • #7
              Well.....Seems from that answers I'm can't have your cake and eat it too....Oh well..I guess I'll put the brown tri colors in the back and just let it suprise me later on.....Oh BTW....most the corals in my system....were all brown when I acquired them from LFSs, trades, etc.....

              Thanks Everyone!



              • #8
                allen, tank looks A LOT better then last time i saw it... when did you get that efflo man!!