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Old 10-05-2017, 09:28 PM
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Good evening ~

My tanks id now 24 days old.


Test results:
Salinity: 36.5
PH: Ranges between 7.85 and 7.95
Temp: 79 degrees F
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
Phosphate: ranges between 0.1 and 0.15 (depending on the day)

Current dosing:
1.0ml ZEOstart 2 times per day
8 Drops Sponge Power per day
8 Drop ZEObak per day

I am concerned about the phosphate level. I am feeding sparingly, and removing any uneaten food. Any suggestions on what I can do about the phosphate? Do I need to change anything?

I have been holding off on buying corals due to my phosphate levels being between 0.1 and 0.15...

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Old 10-05-2017, 11:51 PM
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Looks like the PO4 level does not increase furthermore which is basically a good sign. You can try to adjust your skimmer to skim more wet while cleaning it daily, also as already mention a couple of posts back BioMate should also be helpful. Please also check if the reactor flow is 800 liters per hour, run the reactor with continuous flow.

Lets decrease ZeoBac to every other day instead of daily.

If the first 4 weeks have passed replace 50% of the ZeoVit material, than dose ZeoBac daily again for 10 days.

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Old 10-06-2017, 12:19 AM
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Looks like the PO4 level does not increase furthermore which is basically a good sign. You can try to adjust your skimmer to skim more wet while cleaning it daily, also as already mention a couple of posts back BioMate should also be helpful. Please also check if the reactor flow is 800 liters per hour, run the reactor with continuous flow.

Lets decrease ZeoBac to every other day instead of daily.

If the first 4 weeks have passed replace 50% of the ZeoVit material, than dose ZeoBac daily again for 10 days.

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Thanks for the response Alexander. I will get some BIOMate shortly.


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Old 10-07-2017, 08:48 AM
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Okay, so now that I am approaching 4 weeks, should I do a water change? If so do I do a 10% or less?

I understand that I also need to replace 1 liter of the ZEOlites. Do I also need to swap out the KZ carbon?

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You can now start with the 10% weekly water changes. Also replace 50% of the ZeoVit and dose ZeoBac daily for 10 days after the exchange. A couple of days later also replace the carbon.

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You can now start with the 10% weekly water changes. Also replace 50% of the ZeoVit and dose ZeoBac daily for 10 days after the exchange. A couple of days later also replace the carbon.

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I have changed 50% of the ZeoVit and within 24 hours my PO4 is already down to 0.09. Was the elevated PO4 level due to me needing to change the ZeoVit? When will I again need to change to ZeoVit and how much on the next change (I assume only 50%)...?

Knowing if that the levels are going in the right direction, I would like to look into buying some SPS frags.


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Next exchange will be 4 weeks later, than replace 90% of the material. For the following exchanges just replace 90% every 6 – 8 weeks. After each exchange dose ZeoBac daily for 10 days.

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Old 10-19-2017, 12:20 AM
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Thanks for the clarification GA. Knowing that I am going to be getting some sps in the tank this weekend, are there any other Zeo supplements I should start dosing?


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Not really lets see how they are doing over the next couple of weeks.

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I have had my tank up and running for almost 7 weeks. I am struggling with my phosphate level. My PO4 has been consistently fluctuating between 0.1 and 0.15.

I am currently dosing the following:
1.0ml ZEOstart twice a day (2.0ml total per day)
8 drops Sponge Power daily
8 drops ZEObak three times a week
16 drops Biomate twice a week

A few days ago, I put in about 20 sps frags. For the most part, they all look happy and the acros are starting to show their polyps during the day. I also have a couple LPS corals that look very happy.

My ammonia and nitrates are both testing as zero, but my phosphate remains at that 0.1 to 0.15 level. Also, over the past couple of days, I have noticed a small amount of a brown film forming on the rocks and sand.

Any ideas on how to fix the phosphate and brown film issue? Do I need to reduce my ZEO start dosage or or change the rocks in the ZEO reactor (I changed 50% of the rock in the ZEO reactor two weeks ago and that temporarily lowered the phosphate level for a few days).

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Old 10-28-2017, 04:22 PM
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I would watch your frags and let them tell you what you should do next. Meaning, if they are coloring up and showing polyp extension, keep doing what you are doing. If they are not happy, look at your export methods, skimmer, LR, carbon dosing. You have to take this slow and have patience. If I'm not mistaking your tank is a few months old, if that's correct you're going to have high levels. They will drop if continue w/ Zeovit and zeovit only. I wouldn't dose the organic elements, it will do more harm than good. Stick w/bak, start, sponge and mate. Turn your flow up and skim, skim, skim... your levels will drop with time. Just my 2 cents...Happy zeovit

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Oh yeah, I forgot to say do your water changes.

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Thanks for the response, Chris. Do you think the brown film is a sign of overdoing ZEOstart? Would there be any benefit in changing the ZEO media a couple weeks early?

I will definitely be diligent with the water changes.


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Old 10-28-2017, 07:06 PM
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I don't think start will cause the brown film. The brown film are diatoms, they comes from the tank being new. I'm battling them myself. They are feed off silicates. I read someone on this forum had issues with them and he tracked the silicate source being the zeolite rocks. Did you let them soak in RO DI water for at least 48 hrs before you swapped them out?

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I was not aware that the zeolite had to be soaked. All I did wash it under RO-DI until the water ran clear.


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