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  1. #1

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    Wink Saltwater keepers, ZEOvit??????


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    Hi all,

    I haven't been on here in about a year and now I have high levels of nitrate and phosphate, respectively 50 - 100 ppm and 0.37 ppm.

    We had added Eels to the aquarium to get rid of a purple legged marble shrimp that was eating many pieces of coral. Thankfully we caught the shrimp and returned him to the LFS but we are still reeling from the devastation he has caused. Anyways we have Eels now (snokeflake) and they come with a heavy bioload. Our nutrients are sky high and now I am worried that more coral will die, went to our local coral retailer and he suggested ZEOvit as a long term solution to our problem. I am will to put the time and effort into the system but it would be nice to hear from someone with experience about the pro's and cons or alternatives.

    Thank you

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    And I know my forum name is still suited to me a year later.

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    Can you provide some more info about your set-up ?

    There might be a easier and cheaper solution than using the ZEOvit and realted products.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Hi Cliff,

    I have:
    total net water volume of 175 - 180 gallons
    135 gallon display tank
    40 gallon Sump
    very large Octopus Skimmer (not entirely sure which model)
    165 lbs live rock
    do water changes of 35 gallons everyweek
    Ca 450ppm, alk 2.73 meq/l, Mg 1200 ppm, Salinity 1.025, Temp 78 F, pH 8.02
    40-50 pieces of various coral,
    2 snowflake Eels
    Sailfin tang
    6 cradinals
    2 clowns
    1 niger trigger (on loan to get the shrimp)
    6 starfish
    5 urchins
    various snails
    hermit crabs

    Im not sure what else to tell you???

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    Oh and 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites

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    Oh I also run, ecotech mp 40's, 2 mp10's, and the Radion gen 3 lighting

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    You don't have all that bad of a stock level for that set-up. I would guess you had a slow build-up of nutrients over time. Now that you have high nitrate levels, this would have been soaked up into your rocks and releasing some back into the water after your water changes. You likely have trapped nutrients (from some waste build up) in your substrate

    I would make two suggestions to bring your nitrates back in line

    1) Continue with larger water changes. With each water change, use a gravel vac to clean a small part of your substrate. Just make sure you go slow so all released nitrates and "stuff" that are release from the substrate is removed with the water taking out of your set-up by the gravel vac

    2)start carbon dosing using bio-pellets. You skimmer should be good enough for this, and all you would have to do is add a media reactor for this. Just keep in mind that carbon dosing will lower your alkalinity level so you will need to keep a close eye on you dKH, Cal and Mag levels. You may need to start dosing a dKH supplement if you are not already. The below link explains more about carbon dosing

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/car...laymans-terms/

    You should start seeing a difference after a month or so
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Sooooooooooo.......................

    I have installed the ZEOvit system. I kind of love that there is more husbandry needed with this system. I like doing things on my tank, the water changes and cleaning and feeding. Sometimes I sit and stare at my corals and wish there was more I could do.

    But yes I have installed the system and I'm looking forward to a ULNS, or I should say more stability within my tank.

    Is anyone else running a ULNS?

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    Way to high of nitrates for any corals. Do as big of a water change as possible to drop nitrates and phosphates. Seriously consider a biopellet reactor to keep these levels down in future..

    Those levels really need to be dropped. You have a sweet system with a controllable bioload and decent space. You just have to restore proper levels to your tank before you can get that full coral enjoyment.

    Also i would check out vodka dosing.

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