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  • Looking at converting over but don't know where to start.

    Hello all,
    New to the forum and want to make the swap over to zeovit. Will appreciate any advice to where to start at. Thanks.

    1. Gross water volume of your complete system (incl. sump etc.) – 154 gallons
    2. Net water volume (incl. sump etc.) - 133 gallons
    3. Are you using a CaCO2 reactor or other technique - No
    4. Are you using a PO4 reactor (how long, how long ago, etc.) – No
    5. Are you using Ozone- No
    6. Are you using UV- NO
    7. What skimmer are you using (type, rated water volume)- Reef Octopus 200INT, rated up to 250 gallons
    8. What are your actual PO4 and NO3 levels- P04: .17ppm N03: 25 ppm
    9. What are your actual Ca, Alk and Mg levels- ALk: 9.1, Ca: 400ppm, Mg: 1500
    10. What filtration method do you use (refugium, DSB, Miracle Mud, etc.) Filter socks, Skimmer
    11. Type of light (Watt, color temp, how old, etc.) 2 Radion XR30 Pros
    12. What corals do you keep; Mixed Reef
    13. Tissue color (light or dark); Dark
    14. How long has the tank been running? 1 year 4 months
    15. Why do you want to use the ZEOvit system? Help to build a good biology filter and reduce nutrients.
    16. Any supplemental dosing (type, amount, why, etc.) None
    17. Live rock (how much, how old, etc.) 120 lbs., 1 year 4 months
    18. Any present problems? High nutrients, GHA, and Bubble algae
    19. Problem description (tissue loss tips, tissue loss base, diatom bloom, algae, etc.) Lots of bubble algae and Green Hair algae.
    20. What test kit do you use (how old, recently switched, etc.)? Hanna Phosphate Check, Hanna Alk Checker, Elos Nitrate, Ca, and Mg.
    21. Present dosing, amounts and intervals (ZEOvit, ZEObak, ZEOfood, ZEOstart, ZEOspur2, etc.) None
    22. Other water parameters and water stability (salinity, temp, etc.) Temp 77 F, 1.026 salinity
    23. Which salt brand do you use? G=Brightwell Neomarine

  • #2
    Welcome to !

    Nutrients are already relative high in your system so you will need some patience before you notice them to decrease.

    First start with the basics products to decrease nutrients:

    1. Place 1.2 liter zeovit in a Zeo Reactor. Water flow around 125 US gallons per hour. Connect the reactor pump to a clock timer and run the reactor pump with a 3 hour on / 3 hour off / 3 hour on interval. Please make sure the zeolite is not exposed to air while the pump is switched off. Clean the material daily. Leave the zeolite 4 weeks in the filter until you do the first change out. This is the first changing interval, others could be lengthen to 6 – 8 weeks.

    2. Place 0.5 liters activated carbon in a filter sock and keep it in a passive water flow in your sump, changed every 30 days. Knead the carbon daily to keep the surface clean. Most users get perfect results with korallenzucht carbon.

    3. Dose 5 drops ZeoBa
    c daily for the first 2 weeks, flowed by a 2 – 3 x weekly dosage of 5 drops. Dose 0.5 ml ZeoStart 2 x daily (morning & evening). Dose those in front of the Zeo reactor pump while it is switched on.

    Later on you could use the additional products for coral coloration. Adjust your skimmer to skim wet, keeping it clean to export as much as possible. Do a weekly water change of 5 – 10 % with a good salt.

    Basic water parameters are not 100% perfect, try to adjust and keep them as stabile as possible close the NSW in the following ranges:

    KH 6.5 – 7.5
    Ca 400 – 420 mg
    Mg 1250 – 1300 mg
    K+ ~ 380 mg

    For a nutrient poor environment K+ (potassium) seems to be a important element. I would recommend you to get a test kit for this element also, posting your results.