92 Corner

Elkhorn WI
Volume 92 Gallons
Dimensions 36'' x 36'' x 18''
Model 92 Corner
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Introduction

Hello, I have been dabbling with reefing for almost 6 years. It is strange how addicting this hobby can be.

I have never been fully satisfied with my coral colors and growth. After about 2 years I moved my sump to the basement and created a refugium with DSB hoping to improve my water parameters. My test results have always read very good, almost undetectable Phosphates, 0 Nitrates but my coral colors are not where they should be.

I started using T5's and last year switched to LED's, of course right after I purchased the Radions they came out with a new model. It took long enough o take the wife into this purchase so I suppose it will take anther year or so to talk her into the upgrade.

I recently decided to attempt a ZEOvit system. I replaced my refugium with a ZEO reactor yesterday and I am hoping to see significant improvement with my coral colors and growth.

So, hopefully I will has something new to report in a few months.

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Filtration

55 gallon sump sectioned off, one chamber houses a ZEOVit reactor. Another 20 gallon tank housing a Reef Octopus 160 and a sperate 55 gallon used as a frag tank.

Lighting

Using 2 Radion Gen 1, using the 20k setting on from 2 to 7, ramp up and down time starts at 10am and ends at 10pm.

Flow

I have about 300 gph flowing to my basement sump. My return pump can handle more however the drain gets rather loud if I increase the flow. I just added a Vortech MP40 for internal circulation.

I am debating if I should add an external overflow box to increase the flow through my sump. I would configure the drain to the sump with a full siphon and then leave my internal drain to handle the additional flow so I could keep the full siphon running correctly. I do have an Apex configured so if for some reason the tanks starts to over flow it will shut down my return pump...thus saving the living room wood floor.

Measurements

9.0
Alkalinity
Salinity
500
Calcium
5
Nitrate
9
Phosphorus
Phosphate
Magnesium
Temperature
pH
400
Potassium

Inhabitants

10 Fish

3 Bartlett's Anthias Pseudanthias bartlettorum
Bicolor Dottyback Pictichromis paccagnellae
Flame Angelfish Centropyge loriculus
Longnose Hawkfish Oxycirrhites typus
2 Sailfin Blenny Emblemaria pandionis
Sleeper Gold Head Goby Valenciennea strigata

22 Corals

5 Acan Brain Coral Acanthastrea echinata
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Birdsnest Coral Seriatopora hystrix
Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata
Dendrophyllia Dendrophyllia
Duncan Polyp Duncanopsammia axifuga
Frogspawn Euphyllia paradivisa
Orange Tree Gorgonian Swiftia exserta
Ricordea Mushroom Ricordea yuma
Superman Montipora Montipora tuberculosa
Torch Coral Euphyllia glabrescens
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.
cherry bomb bowerbanki
nuclear green paly

8 Invertebrate

2 Peppermint Shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni complex
Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
Sea Cucumber Colochirus robustus
4 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa

Equipment

Additives

I just started toe ZEOvit system. I have seen great results from others using this method and I am hoping I'll be able to replicate these results.

I'll let you know how it goes as I get into it further...........

Almost 3 months into ZEO now and I am still dosing the basics, ZEObac and ZEOstart. I think patents is the key, I don't want to start adding additional nutrients if my system isn't quit ULNS stable yet. I am hoping another week or two to start experimenting with additional ZEO products.

Feeding See more

Limpits Reef Buffet · sea weed · Fed sea weed

Maintenance

With my basement sump I was able to plumb it so my water changes consist of opening and closing a few values. A 5% water change takes about 2 minutes and I don't need to carry any buckets.

On average you perform a 5.6% water change every 7 days.

0% total water change in August.

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Phosphorus to Phosphate conversion chart
Phosphorus Formula:

(Phosphorus * 3.066) \ 1000 = Phosphate

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Inspiration & Goals

I have been running ZEOvit for almost 3 months and I am starting to see some improvements. Coral color is starting to come back, previously all corals were very pale and growth was almost non-existent.

Since the tank has been running for so long before starting ZEO i think it might take some time to get the parameters where they need to be. Right now I am working on lowering the Alk, since the coral growth has been slow the alk is not getting used up. my PO4 is also still a little high, .03 was last weeks reading, it has been dropping slowly.

Overall I am encouraged by the changes I am seeing.