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  • Overfeeding - Warning!

    Since going zeo my tank has cleaned up beautifully, zero algae, flatworms gone, looking real crisp.
    Anyhow, around 2 weeks ago my son ( well meaning ) came home with a copperband butterfly fish. Heart kind of sank when I saw it because it was pretty skinny, and my suspicions were confirmed, it would not eat.
    So I spent the next week or so dumping major quantities of mysis, brine, and whatever into the tank to try to get it started. But no joy, a few days ago I moved the CB to another tank, and thismorning it was dead
    The reason I was prepared to dump all this stuff in the tank was overconfidence. The tank was just looking so clean I just didn't think anything could hurt it. However, last couple of days, cyano appearing, hair algae sprouting, and thismorning I found some tiny little flatworms, they must have been there all along, in shrivelled up form. Interestingly though coral color has not suffered (yet)
    So the lesson here is that even with zeovit, it can only do so much. I'm wondering if some of these posts from people who have tried zeo and failed, is just too much bioload, and asking too much of the sytem.
    Anyhow, now I'll be cutting feeding right back for a while to get things straightened out. A question also, I did the zeolite change just on 4 weeks ago, should I carry on and let it run the 6 weeks, or should I do a change now?

  • #2
    You can change it out now and it might help clear the algae problems quicker but I think with the reduced feedings and the current zeostones that it will all get under control.

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    • #3
      Alastair, after a heavier nutrient import, the zeolite will become clogged more quickly, therefore, I'd recommend exchanging the stones at 4wks for this time only. Bob
      "There might be something to this ZEOvit"

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      • #4
        Wasp, do you have a sandbed in this tank?

        Albert

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        • #5
          No, it's BB

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          • #6
            Thanks, wasp, good post. Please keep us updated on your progress....
            Fish eat poop....tastes just like chicken.

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            • #7
              I wonder if having a dsb would have taken in the extra nutrients?. It seems like it would.

              Albert

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              • #8
                It would still be hard for a dsb to handle the extra load put on it, when it hasnt been there for the length of time that wasp been using Zeo, JMO
                Sean

                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!

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                • #9
                  I also think it can depend to the skimmer size. I am not familiar with the one you use, but it would be interesting if the tank is overskimmed or not.

                  G.Alexander

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                  • #10
                    Hi, I've heard of people that feed their own tank heavily also using Zeosystem and no problems get up, I guess that the skimmer size is the most important key to solve overfeeding events.

                    Myreef

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                    • #11
                      Good Point, the skimmer is a Remora Aqua C. Supposed to be the bees knees when I bought it, but in fact not that great of a skimmer.
                      When I win Lotto I will get a BubbleKing.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by wasp
                        When I win Lotto I will get a BubbleKing.

                        You and me both
                        Sean

                        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!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wasp
                          Supposed to be the bees knees when I bought it,
                          Great phrase, Alastair Cathy's[my wife] Grandmother uses it all the time. Just not used alot over here, thnx. for the smile. Bob
                          "There might be something to this ZEOvit"

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                          • #14
                            When I win Lotto I will get a BubbleKing.
                            Alastair, if I win, I'll get you one...
                            Fish eat poop....tastes just like chicken.

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                            • #15
                              Good luck for your lotto winnings :-) :-)

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