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    Hey guys. I'm starting a new tank and decide to run zeovit system. The total water volume of the tank is 220g. It will be a bare bottom tank and sps dominated. I won't use any live rock in this system. I build the rock structure using a product called smooth-on epoxy ( It claims aquarium and reef safe). I read through the zeovit system instruction and seems like I need the basic four to start the cycle. I have four new maxspect Bio block can I put this inside the sump? When cycle the tank can I leave the light off? Or it should be on? ( Because of Covid I can't get the light I want right now. If it's need to leave the light on then I'll wait until the light arrived to start my tank. I'm not in a hurry. I just want to make it right) As for active carbon, can I use r o x 0.8 instead of the zeovoit one? thanks

  • #2
    I don't have any experience with artificial materials. I don't recommend the use of artificial materials. I will recommend you to use some high quality fresh live rock, which is really good. I do n’t have experience using maxspect Bio block, which is usually not needed. ZeoVit system 4 core, so it will be good

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    • #3
      https://forum.zeovit.com/forum/gener...nformation-faq

      The seventh in the link, this will ensure that you are walking in the right direction. Zeo Carbon = Every 100 liters / 25 US gallons = about 0.1 liters of carbon。(Net water volume)

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      • #4
        Welcome to ZeoVit.com !

        You can find a step by step guide to cycle a fresh system over here:

        https://forum.zeovit.com/forum/gener...803#post290803

        Please keep in mind that it can just be used if there are not animals in the system already.

        A shallow sand bed does stabilize the biology of the system, if that is not a option for you you can start the system without sand also.

        I would not recommend to add the BioBlock in the system, it is not necessary, instead you can use some additional live rock if you like to.

        Personally I would recommend you to add light for the cycle, otherwise you might experience algae growth later if you install the fixture.

        G.Alexander

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        • #5
          My tank is finally here. One thing bother me the most is at the beginning of the build, I'm not thinking to go zeovit but now I decide to try it out. Will this sump design work with you with. The return is in the middle. The black chamber is supposed to use as fuge, but now I want to put the reactor inside there is feed by a manifold. All is better to get another son with the return on the side and run all the water through the reactor.Click image for larger version  Name:	20200702_110005.png Views:	0 Size:	391.6 KB ID:	596709

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          • #6
            It would be better to put the ZeoVit reactor in the return camber as the reactor should be placed after the skimmer. If you place it in the black camber the sediments (bacteriaplancton) are skimmed out immediately.

            G.Alexander

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            • #7
              Everything will be ready this friday.

              1. Gross water volume of your complete system (incl. sump etc.) - US gallons / UK gallons / liter
              750L

              2. Net water volume (incl. sump etc.) - US gallons / UK gallons / liter
              around 600-650

              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)
              Maxspect ad600

              8. What are your actual PO4 and NO3 levels
              Brand new tank

              9. What are your actual Ca, Alk and Mg levels
              N/A

              10. What filtration method do you use (refugium, DSB, Miracle Mud, etc.)
              clearisea sk5000

              11. Type of light (Watt, color temp, how old, etc.)
              T5+Radion xr15

              12. What corals do you keep
              Mix but sps dominated

              13. Tissue color (light or dark)
              N/A

              14. How long has the tank been running
              Brand New

              15. Why do you want to use the ZEOvit system
              to make it grow faster + cloloring

              16. Any supplemental dosing (type, amount, why, etc.)
              ESV 2 parts

              17. Live rock (how much, how old, etc.)
              No

              18. Any present problems


              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.)
              Trident and hanna

              21. Present dosing, amounts and intervals (ZEOvit, ZEObak, ZEOfood, ZEOstart, ZEOspur2, etc.)


              22. Other water parameters and water stability (salinity, temp, etc.)
              1.026
              76f

              23. Which salt brand do you use
              Redsea blue
              Last edited by dbq5anlxj; 07-14-2020, 04:08 PM.

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              • #8
                Last question before I starting cycle the tank. sould I follow the 14 day cycle or I need to do something differently? Can I cycle the tank without fish at all. If I can should I dose ammonia or not?

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                • #9
                  If there are no animals in the tank, follow the Zeo 14-day cycle and no additional ammonia source is required.

                  If you can, I will suggest you the following 2 points, this is really better

                  1. You can add some fresh and high quality live rock to the sump
                  2. Obtain some old sand or old ZeoVit material from the established Zeo system, which is very good

                  6. Do you use UV
                  Yes
                  (UV is not recommended for the ZeoVit system. The ZeoVit system is a bacteria-driven system, which is not necessary for the initial establishment of a new tank.)

                  18. Any present problems
                  got diatom and get raid of it now hair alagin and i am useing vibren for it
                  (It is recommended to use resin material as the last channel of the Ro/di filter to ensure better water)

                  The 14-day cycle and Zeo product dosage depends on the Net water volume. Every 100 liters/25 US gallons here refers to Net water volume

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jacky View Post
                    If there are no animals in the tank, follow the Zeo 14-day cycle and no additional ammonia source is required.

                    If you can, I will suggest you the following 2 points, this is really better

                    1. You can add some fresh and high quality live rock to the sump
                    2. Obtain some old sand or old ZeoVit material from the established Zeo system, which is very good

                    6. Do you use UV
                    Yes
                    (UV is not recommended for the ZeoVit system. The ZeoVit system is a bacteria-driven system, which is not necessary for the initial establishment of a new tank.)

                    18. Any present problems
                    got diatom and get raid of it now hair alagin and i am useing vibren for it
                    (It is recommended to use resin material as the last channel of the Ro/di filter to ensure better water)

                    The 14-day cycle and Zeo product dosage depends on the Net water volume. Every 100 liters/25 US gallons here refers to Net water volume
                    Hey Jacky .Thank you for the quick reply. I just edit my post, I don't use uv and no ditom. I just copy it from a wrong place.

                    Iive rocked and used materia is not a viable option for me. As for the 14 day cycle it states at the 10 day mark add fish in. Can I not put any fish in the tank for the entire cycle? Or I need some ammonia source to kick start the cycle(Like pure ammonia)?

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                    • #11

                      If I understand what you mean, I will try to answer you in these ways

                      After the 14-day cycle, the tank is still very young. The water chemistry of Zeo's basic products is usually accompanied by the algae stage (brown algae/green algae). You can add some snails to replace the fish, which is good.

                      It is not recommended to add any fish before the 14-day plan cycle. In this cycle stage/Zeo large dose/water chemistry change, I believe that any animal will feel stressed and uncomfortable

                      No additional ammonia is needed as a culture medium, just execute the Zeo basic products (ZeoBac, Start, Sponge Power, ZeoVit materials)

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                      • #12
                        The main display is the dry rock in the system, what material is it? (I will suggest you to use some fresh and high quality live rock, or natural coral reef, this is really better). maxspect Bio block, this is not required

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jacky View Post
                          If I understand what you mean, I will try to answer you in these ways

                          After the 14-day cycle, the tank is still very young. The water chemistry of Zeo's basic products is usually accompanied by the algae stage (brown algae/green algae). You can add some snails to replace the fish, which is good.

                          It is not recommended to add any fish before the 14-day plan cycle. In this cycle stage/Zeo large dose/water chemistry change, I believe that any animal will feel stressed and uncomfortable

                          No additional ammonia is needed as a culture medium, just execute the Zeo basic products (ZeoBac, Start, Sponge Power, ZeoVit materials)
                          So zeovit system dose not need any ammonia source to start a cycle? (in regular tank we do need ammonia to start a cycle either a live fish or a dead shrimp ) Thanks again

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                          • #14
                            So fresh and high quality live rock is a good choice. Basically, Zeo basic products (Zeo Bac, Start, Sponge Power, Zeolite) can work well

                            Ammonia sources, dead shrimp/fish, etc. are all completed by cultivating bacteria through circulation. But in the process, it is inevitable to encounter some other additional problems, such as: cyano and other problems.

                            However, nowadays, most people have used these products instead

                            For example: the Berlin system uses a lot of live rock, so it does not need additional ammonia source/protein etc. as a medium, it can grow bacteria through live rock.

                            Zeo basic product architecture so that it can work well
                            1. A balanced mixture of zeolites (ZEOvit).
                            2. Microbial solution (ZEObak).
                            3. The combination of bacteria and coral food sponge food (ZEOfood/Sponge Power)
                            4. Bacterial food (ZEOstart)
                            5. Constant filtration with activated carbon

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                            • #15
                              I would recommend you to cycle the tank as described over here:

                              https://forum.zeovit.com/forum/general-discussion-forums-international/general-discussion-english/10693-zeovit-basic-information-faq?p=290803#post290803

                              G.Alexander

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