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Old 09-05-2017, 04:24 AM
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The material should be replaced every 6 – 8 weeks, than usually nutrients start to increase slowly and corals are getting darker tissue. Replace 90% of the material and soak the fresh material in RO water for two days before using it. Replace the RO water a couple of times.

Additional I would recommend to vacuum the affected sand areas regular.

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Skim wet to get rid of diatoms, also adding coral snow will help get rid of them
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Thank you. I will give it a try.

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Good Day, Checking in with a status of my tank. I am still battling the diatoms. I have discontinued dosing the AAHC and Coral vitalizer. I only dose zeobak and start now. Not sure what's happening with it. I did read in another thread that the cause of the diatoms could be from silicates leaching from the zeolite rocks. Just wanted to verify that claim. I changed them out about a month ago so I have another month to go before I have to change them again. I might change them out earlier if that will get rid of them. Update on my corals, they are coloring up okay, I'm having issues with my some colors. I have a navy tort that is green not blue. Other than that, things are going okay. I am seeing little growth, not much though. That brings me to my next question.

I have noticed that other systems recommendation for coral growth was to have elevated levels of Alk, and calcium. Since Zeovit's recommendation is to keep water at NSW levels is this system designed to maintain a tank with full grown colonies and not meant to grow out frags?
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Higher levels of KH and Ca will not cause more growth especially in a nutrient poor environment. I can tell you that coral are growing really fast if everything is working well even if you keep those levels like natural seawater.

You can try to soak the new material at the next exchange for 2 days in RO water replacing the water 2 or 3 times per day before using it.

Additional adding CoralSnow to your dosing regimen could be helpful also, not sure if you already have it.

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Old 10-18-2017, 11:36 AM
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Higher levels of KH and Ca will not cause more growth especially in a nutrient poor environment. I can tell you that coral are growing really fast if everything is working well even if you keep those levels like natural seawater.

You can try to soak the new material at the next exchange for 2 days in RO water replacing the water 2 or 3 times per day before using it.

Additional adding CoralSnow to your dosing regimen could be helpful also, not sure if you already have it.

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What's the difference between Coral Snow and coral Snow plus? Which one should do you recommend?

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Old 10-19-2017, 04:15 AM
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I have never used the Plus version but it does contain additional elements which decrease PO4. I was referring to the Standard version.

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I have coral snow now. What shouldmy dosing regamemt be? Should it be each day until the Diatoms die and then back off or once a week. Should I do 7 mls? 180 tank w/30 gal sump. I'm guessing 200 gals.

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You can try to dose 15 ml mixed with 7 drops ZeoBac once daily for 5 days, than lets see if the diatoms does get reduced before continue to dose CoralSnow. This recommendation is for CoralSnow Standard.

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Old 10-28-2017, 01:09 AM
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I just brought a bottle of ZEObak a couple weeks ago. After opening the bottle I notice it smells like sour milk. Is this a sign that the ZEObak is no good?

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The smell should be OK, it can also change over the time. If there are no slimy particles in the bottle and if it has not reach the shelf live date the product should be OK.

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Old 10-30-2017, 12:57 AM
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Thanks. Another question about snow. Should I turn the skimmer off while dosing it?

On another topic, was the reason for not using a refugium w/Zeovit?

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If you use CoralSnow to treat any kind of algae or cyanos it makes sense to switch off the skimmer for about 2 hours while doing to keep the “substances” longer tin the water for the treatment, otherwise you can keep running the skimmer.

Not sure what you mean exactly with refugium, does it contain a deep sand bed or anything like this ?

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Old 10-30-2017, 07:03 AM
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I'm talking about your normal refugium w/substrate (sand or miracle mud) and algae (chaeto, calurpa).

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The refugium is not the real problem, it is more the deeps and bed or the miracle mud in combination with the system. A shallow sand bed of aragonite in addition to some kind of higher algae is fine as long as the algae do grow.

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