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Old 04-23-2018, 04:13 PM
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Default Using Zeolites only, no dosing

What happens if you just run Zeolite media by itself? Without the dosing of bacteria and bacteria food source (carbon dosing part)?

Wouldn't you still retain any benefit that the media provides on it's own, such as if/when it directly absorbs toxins or ammonia?

Secondly, if I understand the media correctly, the second benefit would be that it is such a favorable place for bacteria to colonize that you get it on the media more than anywhere else, and you agitate it to release some bacteria and such "mulm" into the water as food for corals. Wouldn't you still be able to realize this benefit as well? Albeit more slowly than you would if you were dosing the bottles?
Thanks in advance for info from any experienced Zeo user or those who may have tried this
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:20 PM
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Its better to stick to the guide. If you only use stone and no start 3 and limited fish stock your corals will starve.
Yeah Im not convinced the bacteria is necessary as bacteria will colonies regardless.
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:02 PM
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I was thinking that without dosing, id have more nutrients and more coral nutrition, than if I was dosing because i'd be relying on the zeolites alone and my tank's own bacteria, instead of the bacteria dosed with the system.
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:06 PM
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Test start 3 for nitrate and you will see it is composed of mainly nitrate
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:03 AM
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Hi dhalderman



You are right the materials surface is huge to host bacteria but over the time this surface gets reduced because a biofilm is covering the material. It is still a good biological filter but there might be better materials out there.

If you have doubts that the system does reduce nutrients to much you can easy control this with the zeovit quantity / reactor flow and the dosage. I am with Bugger if you like to give it a try it might be better to additional dose ZeoBac and ZeoStart. Also replace the material from time to time.

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Old 04-25-2018, 12:25 AM
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Do you think I would still get the mulm when agitating the media with no dosing? I feel like this is one of the most important parts of coral nutrition and one of the things that sets zeo apart.
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To be honest I never tried this but basically I would expect the effect is much weaker. The mulm does play a role to nourish the corals however the more important part is the nutrient reduction in conjunction of ZeoVit, ZeoBac and ZeoStart.

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