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  • New to Zeo - Need Dosing Schedule

    Thanks to Eric over at I purchased all the material and equipment (reactor, zeovit, zeobak, zeostart 2, and zeofood) I need to get started. Below is the information on my tank and would like a detailed dosing schedule based on my tank parameters.

    1. Gross water volume of your complete system (incl. sump etc.)
    120g Display - 55g Sump - 20g Frag Tank

    2. Net water volume (incl. sump etc.)
    120g Display - 55g Sump - 20g Frag Tank

    3. Are you using a CaCO2 reactor or other technique
    Yes - Geo 610 Calcium Reactor

    4. Are you using a PO4 reactor (how long, how long ago, etc.)
    Yes - Mix of carbon and Phosban in a phosban reactor.

    5. Are you using Ozone

    6. Are you using UV
    7. What skimmer are you using (type, rated water volume)
    ASM G3

    8. What are your actual PO4 and NO3 level
    Undetectable - Salifert

    9. What are your actual Ca, Alk and Mg levels
    Cal - 390 - Alk 9.5dkh -1300

    10. What filtration method do you use (refugium, DSB, Miracle Mud, etc.)
    None - BB

    11. Type of light (Watt, color temp, how old, etc.)
    2 Reef Optix III 14K Phoenix DE - SLS Blue Wave VII HQI Ballast

    12. What corals do you keep
    SPS Only

    13. Tissue color (light or dark)
    Mixed - Mostly light

    14. How long has the tank been running
    2 1/2 years

    15. Why do you want to use the ZEOvit system
    Color & Growth

    16. Any supplemental dosing (type, amount, why, etc.)
    17. Live rock (how much, how old, etc.)
    150-200 lbs - Unknown age - Purchased from fellow reefers

    18. Any present problems
    None to speak of

    19. Problem description (tissue loss tips, tissue loss base, diatom bloom, algae, etc.)

    20. What test kit do you use (how old, recently switched, etc.)
    Salifert - Cal, Alk,P04, NO3, MG

    21. Present dosing, amounts and intervals (ZEOvit, ZEObak, ZEOfood, ZEOstart, ZEOspur2, etc.)
    22. Other water parameters and water stability (salinity, temp, etc.)
    SG - 1.026 -
    Temp - 78-80

    Thanks in advance


  • #2
    Hi Jim, & congrats on beginning the ZEOvit method. With the method, one does not use any P04removers & we aim for the KH to be in the range of 6.5-8. Ca should be >400 & with a KH of 8, I find the Ca level of 420-440 to work fine with ZEOvit. I estimate your net vol. at 175g & would recommend the following:
    1)dose 1/2ltr carbon, passively in your sump, kneaded every other day, & exchanged every 4wks.
    2)dose 1 1/2ltrs. of zeolites. in your zeo-filter at a flow rate of 175gph. Be a accurate to this mark as possible. Handle pump the stones once or twice a day about 10 reps each time, moving the plunger up & down about 1-2" each time. Cycle your stones "on" & "off" at 3hrs intervals for the first few months[3-5] as this allows for a more even nutrient reduction. The zeolites are exchanged at 4 wks for the first time-period, thereafter, the time-period is extended to 6wks. intervals.
    3)dose 4 drops Bak/Food daily for 2wk. then 4 drops each 2x's/wk. Dose these in front of your filter intake pump, with the skimmer turned off for 60min. On the next cycle[zeolites exchange] bak/food are dosed every OTHER day for the first 2 wks. then 2x's/wk.
    4)dose .5ml Start2 2x's/day, every day. It is not necessary to turn off your skimmer when just dosing Start2. Ask any questions here if needed, thnx. Bob
    "There might be something to this ZEOvit"


    • #3

      Thanks for the info and the warm welcome. It was a pleasure meeting the gang at IMAC today and hope to gain the knowledge to help others in the future.

      I will eliminate the PO4 remover before I begin. Is it necessary for me to change the alk & Ca prior to staring or can I do this over a period of time?



      • #4
        Jim, you should experience no problems with your parameters as you take adjusting action. Bob
        "There might be something to this ZEOvit"


        • #5

          I just installed the reactor and did my first doses . I hope all goes well

          You mentioned for me to get as close to 175gph as possible but I am unsure how to achieve that. The pump that came with my madison reactor is a QuietOne 1200 which is 296gph. Any suggestions?

          Nevermind I see that the pump has an adjustable flow rate! Sorry!