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    greetings, i'm new to zeovit and need some guidence.
    gross water= 180 + 40 sump. net maybe= 170 ga.
    ca reactor yes . po reactor last used 1 yr. ago
    results,misery. no uv, beckett driven skimmer rated 250 ga.
    po4 today= less than .03 ppm (saifert) no3 less than 2ppm (saifert)
    ca=480, alk=8.0, mg= 1375 (oceanic salt) i'm running bare bottom
    lights = 3- 400 watt 14k (2 months) 2- 175 10k (7 mo.) 2- 140 vho
    actinic (4 mo).
    i have mostly sps, a few zoo colonys & pesky shrooms that don't go away.
    tissue colors are mixed dark & light.
    we have been running 3 yrs, x dsb. bare sinch last nov.
    rocks have been from 10 yrs. up to last yr.
    i have been keeping sps for a while but i get to a point
    where some just don't survive long term. others the color changes
    to a less desireable shade. no supp dosing. problem areas are
    tips are bare on some colonys, slow tissue loss on bases of some others
    likely cause are either alk spike. or too clean of water to fast
    via phos reactor filled w/ carbon.
    all new test kits (salifert) just started zeo
    dosed 6 drops bak, 6 drops food 1.2ml. start 2 i am using only 1 liter
    of zeovit in a madison reactor running aprox. 100 gal
    using 1 cup of carbon passive in sump. temp 79~81 max (chiller)
    thanks all.

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    Hi Mr.Pluto[interesting handle]

    The keys to success with SPS & ZEOvit, are being patient--fight the urge to dose more in order to achieve results in less time; do not deviate from the ZEOvit guidelines & mix methodologies from your past experience; maintain stable parameters.

    Your parameters appear to be satisfactorily, although at KH 8, I'd recommend decreasing your Cato around 430. For this period-cycle, your dosages also appear fine. I'd suggest dividing your total Start2 quantity into 2-3 doses/day, ie. .4ml Start2 3 x's/day. Cycle your zeo-filter with a simple peg-timer, 3hrs "on" & 3 hrs. "off". This provides for a more even reduction of N03's & P04's. On the first exchange[in 4wks] post for dosing adjustments as there will be recommendation changes to the above regimen. Watch for zeo-excess, cued by the development of a thick green to brown film accumulation on your panes or slime formation on the LR. If this occurs hold all your zeo-dosing for 2 days, then restart your all dosages at 50% reduction in quantities. Bob
    "There might be something to this ZEOvit"

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    • #3
      thanks bob, i forgot to mention i have been cycling 3 hrs on & off.
      i will split up the start 2 dose at your recommendations.
      the handle came from my wife who thinks i spend to much time spacing out
      on the tank..

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      • #4
        yea, my wife, Cathy, calls my reef "his other woman" Bob
        "There might be something to this ZEOvit"

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        • #5
          i think we all on the same boat,as far as woman )))) they all think we spend too much time on our reef....
          i stronglly disagree)))

          bob, u meantion 3 hours...is int 2 hours on/off?...just to confirm.

          mike

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          • #6
            Hi Mike the interval period is at 3 hr. cycles--ie, 3hrs running the pump & 3hrs. with the pump off. Bob
            "There might be something to this ZEOvit"

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            • #7
              thankx,bob..
              i have to reprogramm my aquacontroler))

              mike

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