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Exclamation Featured Tank . Pawel Szember (paszembe) - Poland

For online translations please use the Links at the end of the Thread. is proud to introduce the Featured Tank.
Pawel Szember (paszembe) has been chosen to showcase his beautiful aquarium.
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Display Tank: 160cm-75cm-55cm / 660 liters
Frag/quarantine tank: 120cm-50cm-25cm / 150 liters
Sump: 140x60x45cm / 378 liters (water level 25cm)

Total Volume: gross 1038 liters + 150 liters frag tank (282 US gallons + 40 US gallons)
/net ~ 800l + 120l frag tank


Alkalinity: ~6.7 (Salifert)
Calcium: donít know
pH: 8.0-8.3 (Profilux)
Magnesium: donít know
Temperature: 25-27C
PO4 (Phosphate): 0.00 (Hanna)
NO3 (Nitrate): 0.2-1 (Salifert)
Salinity: 34ppt


Display tank lighting setup:

Ati Powermodule 10x80W
3x Giessman Actinic Blue
2x KZ Fiji Purple
5x KZ New Generation

Full light from 12-20 (8h), 2 blue bulbs from 10-22 (12h/day)

Frag tank:

Ati Powermodule 8x54W + LED ( but I donít use leds, only T5ís)
3x Giessman Actinic Blue
3x Giessman Aquablue Coral
1x Giessman Super Purple

Full light 8h a day from 12-20


ZEOvit Products:

Zeolites: 1,5l (800l/h flow) replaced every 6 weeks
Activated Carbon: 0,5l replaced every 4 weeks
Zeobak: 6 drops 3x week
Zeostart: 1,2ml/day (divided into 2 doses 6am and 6pm)
Biomate: 6 drops 2x week
Sponge Power: 6 drops 3x week
Amino Acid High Concentrate: 6 drops 3x week
Xtra Special: 3ml/day
B-Balance: 3ml/day
K-Balance Strong: 3ml/day
Zeofood Plus: 12drops 3x week
Zeozym: 1 teaspoon once a week
Coral Booster: 3ml/day

Fauna Marine Professional Sea Salt 100l water change every 1 or 2 weeks

Experiences with the products:
Iíve been using different KZ products in my last 3 tanks since 2014
and even if sometimes Iíve been trying different approaches with good results
this is the system, I like the most.


Ca / KH addition: Calcium reactor with Knopp media
Reverse Osmosis: 75gpd with 2 DI columns (8l+0,5l)

Water Circulation:
Red Dragon 12m3 as a main pump
2x Tunze 6105 + 2x Maxpect Gyre XF 250

Cooling System: Teco TR20 controlled by Profilux

ZEOvit Reaktor: Twistman Zeo-450-160 powered by Aquabee UP 1000 pump

Protein Skimmer: Bubble King 300 Deluxe (internal)


Around 100 different SPS (mostly) acropora species + just a few LPS + 1 Tridacna

Acanthurus leucosternon
Zebrasoma Flavescens
Zebrasoma Xanthurum
Paracanthurus Fepatus
Ctenochaetus Tominiensis
Chelmon Rostratus
Pseudocheilinus Hexataenia
Pseudanthias Squamipinnis
Nemateleotris Decora
Pseudochromis Elongatus (probably/guessing)
Halichoeres Rubricephalus

Lysmata Wurdemanni ~4x
Lysmata Amboinensis ~ 4x
Mithraculus Sculptus x2
Snails (Trochus, Turbo, Tectus etc.)


IT Manager

Married, with three wonderful daughters

Other Hobbies?
Not at the moment

Are you a happy ZEOvit user?
Yes, very happy, although there are some problems with availability of some Zeovit/KZ products where I live.

What/Who got you into the reef hobby?
I was on vacation with my family and I was able to taste a little of the marine world and then I realized that a saltwater tank is what I really want.

Last coral or fish acquired?
Acropora Granulosa

Is energy saving a concern for you when purchasing equipment?
Yes, but high quality of equipment has the priority

Who do you call for help when you have problems with your aquarium?
Nobody at the moment, but few years ago I used to consult some issues with my friend Krzysztof Tryc. Nowadays Iíd rather have a regular chat with my fellow reef friends like Robert K mostly to exchange observations and experiences with the products etc.

Have you ever dived or snorkeled and seen an open reef?
Yes, during holidays.

Which is your all time favorite aquarium(s)?
Krzysztof Trycís, Andrewís (V1-rotate)ís, Mr. Kangs

Why did you choose to run ZeoVit?
Iíve tried probably all the methods with great results, but I like to be forced to keep in touch with my tank to be able to control whatís going inside it and Zeovit forces me do it better than any other method.

Have you used any other filtration methods before ZeoVit?
Yes: Berlin style, Biopellets (small , big, all in one, etc), Aquaforest

What is the biggest asset of ZeoVit system in your opinion?
It encourages you to keep a close eye on your tank. Because you can potentially tweak so many things with different products - youíre expecting some results/changes and it makes you observe your tank even closer and this in the end makes you a better reefer because you are more in tune with your reef.

How do you manage to run the system while you are away from home (on holidays etc)?
The aquarium has a redundant power supply (UPS + power generator) in case of major electricity problems, all the critical parameters can be checked online and/or I can be notified by and email/sms (Profilux), webcam etc. and there is also always someone nearby to take care of the house (water the plants/garden, take care of my dog & cat , shake the zeolites, feed the fishes etc.)

What was your biggest problem you had experienced with current aquarium and how did you solve it?
About two years ago my reef started to die slowly, tips or corals were burned, there was no growth at all, even a simple SPS like montipora were dying. It took me a whole year with losing almost all my corals and a restart with still no progress to finally find that Iíve put an electric valve on a pipe Iím using to fill evaporated water but from time to time during a water change also the salt water was passing through that pipe poisoning my reef probably with some heavy metals.(ICP tests didnít find any problems) in the water. After removing that valve, the situation came back to normal in a few days and Iíve started again from scratch with just a few small frags.

What would you advice to fellow reefers who are just starting with ZeoVit.
- Be patient, success comes with time (months or years rather than days or weeks)
- strong biology in the tank is most of the time underestimated, good water chemistry is important but freshly made saltwater strait from the bucket has a good chemistry but corals will still die so donít get yourself fixed on test results too much
- you donít need all the products that others are using at once, use them to fix problems or to tune your tank but not because itís new or popular
- Nobody should or could tell you what to do in your tank because nobody knows your tank better Ė watch, learn, observe, make research but make your own decisions

What salt mix do you use?
Mostly Fauna Marin Professional Sea Salt, but Iíve used different brands over years with great results

Do you use any other coral food beside KZ products?
Not at the moment

Do you dose any other supplements beside ZeoVit additives?
Not at the moment

Can you best describe the effect zeovit products have on your corals e.g. do you notice improved blue colours dosing pif better pinks with k+?
Firstly, you can keep a lot of fishes and still be able to have good coral coloration and growth. Secondly in my private experience this is the only system that allows me to keep some of my corals really pink and yellow.

Bulbs configuration, why did you choose this set of bulbs?
It makes my tank really bright in a warm way that is natural and preferred to me. I donít like blueish dark reefs you can see nowadays with led blue lights.


Special thanks to the whole Zeovit community, all the Mods and Admins.
There is also a special thanks to my wife and family for supporting me in my hobby.


Nikon d5100 with:
-Nikkor 18-55mm
-Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8
-Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3

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