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Old 12-12-2016, 02:29 AM
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Basically fine, K-Balance Strong just contains more K+ ions. You can dose K-Balance Standard @ 4 ml 3 x daily (morning / noon / evening) until the level is ~ 380 mg again.

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Default Reefer 450 going ZEOvit

Thank you.
I did a 50L wc just before starting up zeo and added 4ml K-balance just once. Now I'm reading K+ 380mg on the test.

I have also changed salt to Red Sea Salt (blue bucket) which is optimated for ULNS.


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For how many weeks shall I run the reactor on the clock timer?
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Usually about 2 weeks after the first ZeoVit exchange if all corals are doing fine.

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Old 12-23-2016, 04:54 AM
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Two weeks into Zeovit.

Most corals are looking very good but these three show some white. I had some problems with the Grotech carbon I'm using so I stopped using it for a week. One week ago I placed a mesh bag with 1,5dl carbon in the sump. The last couple of days two acroporas show small signs of whitening on a couple of tips. The Poscillopora show more tissue loss. I have removed the carbon again and ordered a bag of KZ carbon.

Anything else I can do?

400L net water volume. Flow through reactor measured to 360L/hour. 1L zeolites. 3 hr on, 3 hr off, and so on.
Dosing 0,4ml Zeostart x 2 daily, 4 drops Zeobac daily, 4 drops Spongepower every other day.

KH 8.0
Ca 420
Mg 1290
K+ 390
Sal 3,5%
Temp 26C
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Update: Corals look better now when the Grotech carbon is out of my system. Waiting for the KZ carbon to arrive...


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Spotted some brown diatoms on the sand today. Normal after 2 weeks with ZEOvit?
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The brown film is common at this stage but for sure something to keep a eye on it. You can vacuum them out while doing the regular water changes additional, dosing CoralSnow can also support this process, in your case I would start with 8 ml every other day for some time but this is optional.

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Thank you Alexander. The brown film is not a problem at this stage so I will not dose anything, keeping it simple. My pair of Valenciennas are doing their job keeping the sand clean.

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Merry Christmas, lets do two water changes each 15% within a week t refresh consumed / removed elements.

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Old 12-25-2016, 01:45 PM
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52L changed today, that's about 12-13%. Will make a second wc on wednesday.

About active carbon. I'm getting a bag of KZ carbon on tuesday. Wait a week or so before I place it in the sump? What's the main reason for using AC with ZEOvit? Clarify the water och remove toxic stuff? Why heat up the carbon and let it cool off over 24 hrs?

Other than these minor issues the tank is running great. Growth of some corals has slowed down a bit since I stopped dosing the additives. Others are not affected.

No noticeable change in nutrient levels, same as before I started the conversion to ZEOvit.

I have installed a larger skimmer which is pulling out a lot more DOC's from the water than my previous one.
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I would recommend to wait another week than add 50% of the recommended quantity passively flown. The carbon does remove toxic substances also the nettle toxins of the corals in addition to keep the water crystal clear.

If you put the carbon in hot water it will release all the air inside the carbon pieces which will make it more effective, this can be done with every kind of carbon.

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If you put the carbon in hot water it will release all the air inside the carbon pieces which will make it more effective, this can be done with every kind of carbon.
That's what I did, and I guess the full dose of 4dl shocked some of my corals. Before zeo conversion I have used about 2dl of non heat treated carbon, passively flown.
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What's the reason for not using ZEOfood at this stage? ZEOvit guide includes ZEOfood from the beginning of the startup.
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ZeoFood was in the beginning the only carbon source before ZeoStart came out, at this time the guide was written so it can be used but I would not do in the early stage or if nutrients are elevated because of algae growth. I have personally used it just from time to time to fine-tune coral coloration in stabile nutrient poor systems.

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