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Old 06-28-2018, 08:07 PM
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I'm about to do my first change over, is it a 100% change for the same volume? No3 is still in the .25~.5 and phos around .25 for the last 2 weeks
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Just replace 90% of the material while keeping about 10% of the old material in the reactor. After each replacement dose ZeoBac daily for 10 days, otherwise 2 x weekly.

If you still run the reactor with the 3 hour on / off interval you can also switch to continuous flow about 2 weeks after the first exchange if all your corals are doing fine. Make sure to use the right reactor flow.

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Old 07-10-2018, 09:13 AM
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My nitrates are closer to .5 and phosphates around .12

Can I increase the zeostart a bit to accommodate the increase in nitrates?
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Have you already switched the reactor to continuous flow ?

Please also post your full actual dosing regimen.

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Have you already switched the reactor to continuous flow ?

Please also post your full actual dosing regimen.

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Yeah you told me I could switch 2 weeks in so that's when I did it.

Currently it is .3ml zeo start X2 a day, 4 drops of zeobak after change, 2 drops of zeofood on tuesday & saturday.

For about 2 1/2 weeks I've also done 2 drops of amino and 1 drop of phol's coral vitalizer every day. I have some other supplements I got from another hobbyist like sponge power, xtra special and biomate that I am not using yet.
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Perfect, would recommend to continue dosing as follows for the next 3 weeks:

ZeoBac – 3 drops2 – 3 x weekly (daily after a ZeoVit exchange)
ZeoStart – 0.3 ml 2 x daily
SpongePower – 3 drops every other day
BioMate – 6 drops every other day

ZeoFood optional if you like to.

Because of the flow change in the reactor and the new dosing regimen I would expect that nutrients do come down slowly in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

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Old 07-17-2018, 12:52 AM
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Should I skip the amino and pohls vitalizer?

I also got pohl's xtra concentrate and special from another reefer, should I use these in the future/now along with the vitalizer or is it the same thing?
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How much is your current np? Is the coral tissue well stretched and light?
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While nutrients are elevated I would recommend to not dose additional coloration elements. They can be used later once the system runs nutrient poor stabile and corals start to get lighter tissue.

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Old 07-23-2018, 12:10 AM
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So 2 things, the zeovit reactor pump failed on me so I replaced it with one on hand but it's down to about 55GPH at the moment until the new pump comes in. Is it possible to run the reactor slower but with more zeovit to make up for the difference maybe?

2nd, my SPS are turning quite dark grey/purple. It started with the green SPS but it's spread to yellow and some red. I assume this is a sign of potassium deficiency? I'm ordering a salifer test kit + K balance strong. Not sure if strong or concentrate is the way to go. Is there anything else I should be checking while I am ordering this? Thanks
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I would not recommend to use much more ZeoVit material than recommended to workaround the temporary pump problem. Just install the new pump if it arrives.

Can you please update the actual PO4 level and post a couple of corals pictures showing the described effect ?

Having the K+ level in the recommended range is important especially for a nutrient poor system so getting a test kit for this parameter is a good idea but the symptoms you have described are not clear referring to a lower K+ concentration.

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https://imgur.com/a/Hk0o36r

So on the frag rack, there's a green slimer which you can see green polyps on but the body is basically grey.

On the sandbed the very left coral, digitata has pulled in all of the polyps and started losing colors as well.

Not pictured is 2 different bird's nest colonies getting tissue necrosis and also turning grey.

I saw that monticaps stop growing or change colors but I didn't have any until yesterday so I'll see how it looks.


My nitrates are .5 and phosphates .083. my nitrate test kit has been expired for a few days so it may be off. Its coming with the k test kit.
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:29 PM
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My idea is: find a way to reduce po4 and explore which part of the problem, such as: zeolite flow & quantity, start3 dose. At this point, you can change the water to refresh the balance and pay attention to the SG temperature. 15% 3 times in 10 days

Also adjust the skimmer to make it moister.
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:05 PM
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Did a new nitrate test because it turned out my reagents were expired. My nitrates are actually around 8 or 12. Not sure why? Anyway I picked up a pump locally and it's up to 87GPH, sort of hard to finely adjust down without making it super low with this pump. Still waiting on potassium test kit.
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Old 07-24-2018, 03:09 AM
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Thank you for the pictures but to be honest I can not see much because of the quality. Your description for the birdsnest and the plating montipora corals might indeed be a symptom of a lower K+ level.

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