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Old 09-18-2018, 06:40 AM
AB_Reefer AB_Reefer ثeuW
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Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Hanoi
Posts: 13
Default Considering switching from FM to Zeo

Dear Alexander,

I have been running a SPS dominant reef for past 2 years or so.. During the last 1 year the reef has been running on Fauna Marin products and allthough I am somewhat satisifed with my tank overall I feel I can get much better colors from my SPS in particulars if I move to perhaps a Zeo FM Hybrid system.

Why I say hybrid system is because there are certain products from FM which I have been using with good results and I am not yet ready to entirely give up on them to run a strict Zeovit system. However what is lacking from their system is presence of good mechanism to keep the nutrients down due to lack of carbon dosing products and as a result my reef is always hovering at very high nitrate levels (in range of 50ppm ) P04 seems to be under control though hovering around 5-10 PPB.

Now inorder to bring my Nitrates down i started dosing NO3PO4x. And during the last 2 weeks or so the Nitrates have started to fall steadily. Now I am a littl confused as to how best approach to make the switch. These are the zeovit products i have already bought and intend to incorporate amongst my daily dosing and I am looking for your inputs as to how to go about it or any additional products which I should look at in order to get the best coloration out of my corals.

1. zeobak
2. Zeostart
3. Zeospur
4. Biomate
5. Acro Glow

1. Gross water volume of your complete system (incl. sump etc.) - 600 Litres
2. Net water volume (incl. sump etc.) - 600 litres
3. Are you using a CaCO2 reactor or other technique : Red Sea 2 parts
4. Are you using a PO4 reactor (how long, how long ago, etc.) : No
5. Are you using Ozone: no
6. Are you using UV: Yes ( 10 hours at night )
7. What skimmer are you using (type, rated water volume): Curve 9 rated for 1000-1500 Liters
8. What are your actual PO4 and NO3 levels: No3 = 20 and po4 = 0.03ppm
9. What are your actual Ca, Alk and Mg levels: Ca=400ppm, Alk=7.3dKh, Mg=1200ppm , K - 390
10. What filtration method do you use (refugium, DSB, Miracle Mud, etc.): Skimmer , roller mat, 2 x marine pure blocks
11. Type of light (Watt, color temp, how old, etc.):8x54w ATI sunpower (4 hours)+ Reefbrite (8 hours ) + 2xHydra 52HD. (10 hours)
12. What corals do you keep: SPS
13. Tissue color (light or dark): On the darker side
14. How long has the tank been running: 2.5 years
15. Why do you want to use the ZEOvit system: better coloration for my SPS
16. Any supplemental dosing (type, amount, why, etc.): FM Amino Acids, Coral balance, Coral Vitalizer & color elements
17. Live rock (how much, how old, etc.): live rocks - 2.5 year old approx 20 -25 kgs
18. Any present problems : Aptasia Infestation
19. Problem description (tissue loss tips, tissue loss base, diatom bloom, algae, etc.):
20. What test kit do you use (how old, recently switched, etc.): Salifert and Hanna checker ULR
22. Other water parameters and water stability (salinity, temp, etc.): salinity 1.026, temp 26-27 degrees in summer and 25-26 in winters.
23. Which salt brand do you use: Red Sea Blue bucket.
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