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    Gross water volume - 80 gal including sump
    Net water volume - 65 gal.
    using auto-top kalkwasser solution fed from a tank
    RO/DI feedwater
    no PO4 reactor only Phosban in bag in sump
    using reef carbon in bag in sump
    no ozone
    no UV
    Skimmer - ASM G3 rated at 200 gal wet skimming~2 cups/day
    NO3- 0 red sea test kit
    P04 - .1-.15 ppm red sea test
    ALk - "high" red sea test kit
    Ca - don't know - no test lit
    Mg - don't know - o test kit
    DSB - bare sump with skimmer, carbon bag and phosban bag
    250 watt MH 14.5 K XM +128 watt 10K/actinic dual bulbs (4x32w)
    several samll acro frags (~15)
    large birdnest
    long tentacle sarcophyton
    several shrooms
    several small to medium capnella
    had several monti's till the nudi's feasted on them!
    2 clams (crotea and maxima)
    coral colors dark
    tank has been running 3 years on tap water - upgraded to ro/di in January
    I want to use Zeovit to get better colors on coral and eliminate algea (hair, and cyano)
    suppliment with lugols ~1 per month - 2 drops
    Live rock~200 lbs - 3yrs old
    only problems relate to algea issues that seemed to develope over last 6 months. Based on pictures I see, my corals are not as colorful as others on this forum.

    Not currently using Zeovit, but have ordered it and waiting for it to arrive.

    I want to introduce it slowly to minimize risk of RTN to my corals.

    temp 78, salinity 1.025 (refractometer),

    I'm considering removal of most of the soft corals from the tank. The xenia got out of control and smothered a few of my smaller SPSs a few months ago. I "harvested about 75% of the xenia and flushed it. Following the removal of the xenia, I had an algea explosionof hair aglea. I have been manually removing the hair algea and now I'm having cyano problems with red cyano covering nearly everything. I have begun using a magnum canister to vacuum off the cyano to keep it from covering everything in the tank.

    Started the Phosban 2 weeks ago - no effect on PO4 levels.

    Coral growth seems good.

  • #2
    hey where are you located in MI i am in southeast MI right around Ann Arbor about 20 mintues south of Ann Arbor in Tecumseh a small town?

    Bob will help you with the doses!

    275 Gallon Envision Acrylics Tank, 70 gallon sump, BK 300 internal, Zeovit, 5 sequence darts (1 on a oceansmotions 4-way), medusa dual controller, 2 ebo jaer 250w heaters, 1/2 hp JBJ comercial chiller, 4 RO IIIs w/14k hamilitons, 4 VHOs super actinic, deltec pf500 Ca Rx, 3 reef ceramic pillar, and 1 reef ceramic mini-reef, 5 ceramic closed loop intake screen covers, with 50ish pounds of LR


    • #3
      Thnx. Bob, for the additional info. Many thoughts racing thru my head are:1) stop KW drip--it pools P04[CaP04] which will take longer to deplete with ZEOvit. 2) use the Magnum intermittently only when cleaning your tank--continuously creates a N03 producer. 3) RODI water is a must if you desire nutrient-poor waters. Be sure to change these canisters when TDS is above 4. 4) Absolutely, you must test often the salinity, Ca, Mg, & KH if you want SPS to color & grow. Ca level >400, Mg>1200, KH 6.5-8 & also it's nice to test N03's & P04's from time to time. 5) use 1/2ltr zeolites, in a dedicated zeo-filter or filter sock[less effective] in a high flow area. Clean these once or twice a day. Exchange these in 4wks the first time, then every 6wks.thereafter. 6) use 1/2 Cup carbon, passively & knead the bag every other day. Change carbon every 4wks. 7) Dose bak/food 3drops each daily for the 1st 2wks, then 2x's/wk. Turn off the skimmer for 60min after these are dosed. 8) dose Start .25ml 2x's/day daily. If you interested in a zeo-filter Madison[OUinLA] custom makes these at ~$100 & I'd recommend this,if one is going to use the ZEOvit method. Ask questions freely Bob
      "There might be something to this ZEOvit"


      • #4
        how do I suppliment Ca if I don't drip kalk

        I don't want to buy a calcium reactor (space and $ limitations) or spend alot on 2 part additives, how do I suppliment Ca if I don't drip Kalk?

        I am only using the magnum during cleaning, 1-2 times per week. Directly sucking the algea off the rocks and other surfaces.

        I have already ordered the zeofilter from Madison - awaiting arrival.

        Question: Is Zeostart necessary in an already established tank?


        • #5

          Originally posted by nbd13
          hey where are you located in MI i am in southeast MI right around Ann Arbor about 20 mintues south of Ann Arbor in Tecumseh a small town?

          Bob will help you with the doses!

          Nick, I'm in Belleville, smaller town east of Ann Arbor.


          • #6
            Hi Bob, I see you've asked about Ca/KH supplement on another thread, so that question has been answered with good, correct posts. I'll state that ZeoStart is not a must. The method can be used w/o Start. However, Start, in the correct dosage is very effective in color for our corals & preventing nutrient swings which are detrimental to coloration in our corals. Bob
            "There might be something to this ZEOvit"