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  • G.Alexander
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    I would calculate your net water volume to ~ 120 US gallons so a carbon quantity of 0.45 – 0.5 liters would be ideal. Make sure to use the carbon passively flown in the sump in a mash bag instead of a reactor. Please keep in mind that the carbon quantity is not calculated by weight, it is calculated by volume.

    G.Alexander

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  • emiller08
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    is 500 grams the right amount of carbon?

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  • G.Alexander
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    You can begin with the regular 10% weekly water changes now.

    G.Alexander

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  • emiller08
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    how long after the first zeolite media change is the first water change?

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  • G.Alexander
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    After each ZeoVit exchange dose ZeoBac daily for 10 days, otherwise 2 x weekly. The rest of the dosage does not need to be changed after the material exchange.

    G.Alexander

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  • emiller08
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    Should I continue to does the same after the first zeolite media change?

    Zeo Bac 5 drops, 2-3 times a week
    Zeo Start 0.5ml, x2 times a day
    Zeo SpongePower 5 drops every other day

    Or do I dose more frequently?

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  • G.Alexander
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    If this is the case the PO4 level should start to drop soon but I fear there is something more leaching PO4 like rocks / sand etc.

    As long as there are not corals in the system using some kind of PO4 absorber temporary might be helpful, if the PO4 level does increase again after you remove the absorber the PO4 is coming from rocks or sand for sure.

    G.Alexander

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  • emiller08
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    Okay I will try BioMate as well

    My assumption is that the phosphate was introduced in the water I used to fill the tank initially, I used purified drinking water at the time because my RODI unit was not operating properly.
    The RODI unit is working now.

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  • G.Alexander
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    The actual PO4 level of 0.9 mg is really a massive concentrations and it will be a very long process to get this under control. What is your feeling where the high concentration is coming from ? At the moment I would also not recommend to add additional fish or corals.

    G.Alexander

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  • jacky
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    Keep the recommended dosage of #7, and the amount of material flow is correct. If the phosphate decreases, gradually reduce the adsorbent to 0 and should not rise again. This is a comfortable way for biological health. Additional BioMate is another good option. (Let’s take a look at the nutritional level, I don’t know if the phosphate continues to be leached)

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  • emiller08
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    okay I will increase the white spectrum on the LED lights

    Yes, I have dosed the Brightwell Aquatics Phosphate remover for two days now,
    Phosphate was still over 0.90 today, will test again tomorrow.

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  • jacky
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    Quantity of zeolite material: 1.25 liters
    The maximum continuous flow through the zeolite material reactor is about 500 liters (using a small container, the collection outlet is 30 seconds, the volume is x120, so that the actual continuous flow level can be obtained)

    KZ carbon quantity: 0.5 liters
    Passive flight with mesh bag, replaced every 30 days

    Zeo Bac 5 drops, 2-3 times a week
    Zeo Start 0.5ml, x2 times a day
    Zeo SpongePower 5 drops every other day

    The basic water parameters are too high, start from the salinity check to see if they are at the correct level, try to keep the basic water parameters at the NSW level
    Kh 6.5~7.5
    Ca 400~420
    Mg 1250~1300
    K+~380g

    Too much blue light does not seem to help better, and more white spectrum lighting is recommended to help this process. Biology is still young, it is recommended to temporarily stop adding fish. You can try adding some snails to help clean the algae.

    So are you still using another adsorbent to reduce phosphate?

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  • emiller08
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    Net water volume is 129 gallons

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  • jacky
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    Thank you for the more information. Phosphate seems to be high, and there seems to be other reasons, such as wet rocks. What is Net water volume? (Deduct rocks, sand, pipes, etc.), it is recommended to balance the lighting, and keep the lighting time 10hr, biology is still very young. Two weeks after the first replacement of the zeolite material, 10% of the water was changed every week.

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  • emiller08
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    1. Gross water volume of your complete system (incl. sump etc.) - US gallons / UK gallons / liter -150 gallons (120 gallon display / 30 gallons in sump)
    2. Net water volume (incl. sump etc.) - US gallons / UK gallons / liter
    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 , just started to dose Brightwell Aquatics Phosphate-E to remove phosphate already in system.
    5. Are you using Ozone - No
    6. Are you using UV - No
    7. What skimmer are you using (type, rated water volume) - Red Sea 600 (heavy bio load rated 150Gallons)
    8. What are your actual PO4 and NO3 levels - PO4 over 0.90 (measuring with Hanna Phosphate ULR) / NO3 = 20
    9. What are your actual Ca, Alk and Mg levels - Ca=486 , Alk=9.4, no Mg test yet
    10. What filtration method do you use (refugium, DSB, Miracle Mud, etc.) only filter socks and skimmer
    11. Type of light (Watt, color temp, how old, etc.) - 3 AI Prime at 40 watts, blue channels set highest, new lights. Adding 2 orphek OR3 blue plus 1 day plus
    12. What corals do you keep - none yet
    13. Tissue color (light or dark) - none
    14. How long has the tank been running - 21 days
    15. Why do you want to use the ZEOvit system - to keep low nutrients and run a mixed reef tank with lots of sps
    16. Any supplemental dosing (type, amount, why, etc.) - Zeo bak, Zeo start, Zeo food, spong power followed the 14 starting doses
    17. Live rock (how much, how old, etc.) - 10% of rock used, 3 months old
    18. Any present problems - developing dark brown algae with small air bubbles on sand and rocks
    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.) Red sea marine care/ Hanna- Phosphate ULR , Calcium, Alkalinity
    21. Present dosing, amounts and intervals. ZEOvit 1 liter and 400 grams, ZEObak 6 drops 3 times a week, ZEOfood 2 drops 3 times a week, ZEOstart 0.6 twice daily, spong power 6 drops every other day
    22. Other water parameters and water stability (salinity, temp, etc.) salinity 34 ppt, temp 77-78F, PH 8.2, Ammonia 0.2
    23. Which salt brand do you use - Instant ocean reef crystals to start, switched to tropic marine

    I followed the 14 day dosing schedule and running KZ carbon. How should I be dosing now that the 14 days have passed but levels are still unstable? I have not done any water changes yet as I was waiting for week 4.

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