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  • Considering ZEOvit. Tank description

    I am currently building a new house and I am adding an in-wall tank. I was considering using ZEO from the start. Here are my tank perameters.

    1. Gross water volume of your complete system (incl. sump etc.)
    1200 gal

    2. Net water volume (incl. sump etc.)
    1200 gal -1500 lbs of live rock displacement

    3. Are you using a CaCO2 reactor or other technique

    4. Are you using a PO4 reactor (how long, how long ago, etc.)
    I use Kalkwasser as topoff and plan to have a PO4 reactor on the new setup

    5. Are you using Ozone

    6. Are you using UV

    7. What skimmer are you using (type, rated water volume)
    I am using a modified MR2 (2 inch outlet, dual beckett injectors, Seq 5800 pump)

    8. What are your actual PO4 and NO3 levels

    9. What are your actual Ca, Alk and Mg levels
    Ca 500, ALK 12.2 Dkh (4.34 meq/l)

    10. What filtration method do you use (refugium, DSB, Miracle Mud, etc.)
    Current tank DSB, Refugium, lots of rock...New tank Refuge and rock (barebottom tank)

    11. Type of light (Watt, color temp, how old, etc.)
    Current tank...3 400w 20k 8 months old New tank...Natural sunlight and 4 400 watt 20k for cloudy days

    12. What corals do you keep
    SPS, LPS

    13. Tissue color (light or dark)
    I have a mixture, some light, some dark

    14. How long has the tank been running
    Current tank..1.5 tank to be up in approx 3 months

    15. Why do you want to use the ZEOvit system
    Healthier, more color, more growth

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

    17. Live rock (how much, how old, etc.)
    current tank 500LBS new tank 1500-2000 lbs

    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.)
    Salifert 6 months old

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

    22. Other water parameters and water stability (salinity, temp, etc.)
    1.025, 78 degrees (Very stable)

    I have no interest in converting my existing tank over since I will be breaking it down within next 3 months but I would like to start the new tank off with the ZEO system. I have read alot of good information here and have a good idea what I need but any input from you gurus is greatly appreciated.


  • #2
    Your description sounds like a perfect fit for ZEOvit. One thing I am thinking about.. is how you will house your ZEOvit rocks. Have you thought about this yet for your total tank volume? Have you talked to anyone about customizing a reactor for you?


    • #3
      Jeremy, just a few things I see would be to definitely not use kalk for top-off and no po4 reactor. These are not recommended for use w/ zeo. Also I would bring KH down between 7-8dkh. If you are carrying over any animals I would start this process of lowering now to help w/ stress to livestock.
      Take Care,


      • #4
        Jeremy, as Edward has mentioned you'll need to use 1ltr zeolite /100g net water vol. This is best facilitated betwween two zeo-filters each holding ~5-6ltrs each of zeolites, depending on your final net water vol. With ZEOvit method, KW is not used nor is a P04 reactor, or P04 reomver media. Your KH must be maintained between 6.5-8. Too much outside these parameters will result in stress to your corals. This is all explained in the ZEOvit guide. I recommend that you print this & read this text several X's as full knowledge of this method will allow to safely make adjustments to the zeo-dosing.. BTW, Madison[OUinLA] customs these zeo-filters superbly & remember the largest GroTech zeo-filter holds ~ 4 1/2 ltrs of the stones. Bob
        "There might be something to this ZEOvit"


        • #5
          I have not purchased the PO4 reactor yet. After reading several of the post, I came to the conclusion that it would not be needed. Thanks for verifying this. As far as the Zeovit rocks go, I was planning on just buying a reactor from the same site (since the maintenance looked easy) but I did not realize that they do not sale large enough reactors. I am in fairly good with a company that builds custom equipment (top notch) but this would be a first for them. I have several fluidized bed filters (way to small) but I think the same principal would be used for the rocks. Possibly the best solution would be to give OUinLA a message and see what he can do. I have read that thread a couple times but you mentioned something I missed. I will read it several more times.
          Just to make sure I am 100%positive, I will need a filter (or a combination of 2 filters) that will hold approx 12 liters of rocks?
          (A stupid question) How much volumn does 12 liters of rock take up? I would think 12 liters of rock requires more volumn than 12 liters of water.

          Thanks for all the input. I need all the help I can get.


          • #6
            Jeremy, I have a 500g net water vol, so the lg. GroTech works in my circumstance. Madison started making these some time after I had already begun, o/w I'd have one of his filters[ < 1/2 the cost of the GroTech] I recommend you PM Madison for your zeo-filter vol. occuping space questions. Bob
            "There might be something to this ZEOvit"


            • #7
              Will do.



              • #8
                Jeremy, if you are going the Grotech route, you would need a total of 3 reactors. You can always get half the amount for the first 6 wks as you start your tank since it will be new with minimal to zero bioload.