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  1. Robert.

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    Can someone please explain the purpose of zeolite and where and why is it used in a reef tank
     
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    I must say that it is one of the most complicated methods of reducing nutrient and possibly one of the riskiest.
     
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    Zeolites absorb ammonia and help colonise bacteria which when used in a zeolite reactor, the bacteria is used to feed the tank by flushing the reactor
     
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    Taging along. This is something you don't come around often.
     
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    Have a look at the LNS / ULNS section on masa.

    As Tony said it is basically a type of rock on wich bacteria colonize and ammonia is "absorbed", but the LNS section will give you more information on this

    NOTE Zeolith / Zeolite it the rock that is used, Zeovit is the host of additived used in such a system ....

    This route of filtration is not to be embarked upon without HUGE amounts of research though
     
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    Zeolites are stones that hold bacteria and allow bacteria to populate, and is a method of nutrient reduction to obtain an ultra low nutrient system. Should mainly be used for SPS dominated tanks. Zeolites prevent the formation of Amonia and Nitrites thus preventing Nitrates from forming. Should be used in conjunction with a Bacteria strain and carbon source along with heavy skimming.
     
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    It sounds like an NP reactor?
     
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    Hello Robert

    I have been running my Tank for over 2 years with ZEOVit (ZEOlite).
    Think of ZEOlite as a big Filter that takes every thing out of the water. (every thing is food for the corals)

    So know u will have to start feeding the corals. And that is ZeoVit.

    Have a look at this Link. Thomas Pohl is the German Pionier of ZEOvit!
    http://www.korallen-zucht.de

    This is a English guide of ZEOvit that I am running in my Tank.
    http://www.korallen-zucht.de/files/zeoguide_english_1_03.pdf

    This Forum will help you if you need any Info on how much of what u have to put into your Aquarium.
    http://www.zeovit.com
     
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    Not quite. The water flow through a zeolite reactor should be at about 400-450lph so it is must faster than a NP reactor. The bacteria forms a layer on the zeolite stones which are flushed by pumping the reactor once or twice a day to release the excess bacteria which either feeds the corals or is removed by the skimmer. In this way along with the ammonia removal by the actual stones nutrients are reduced in the system.

    The introduction of zeolite stones to a system should be gradual over a period of weeks to avoid shocking the system with a sudden drop in nutrients.
     
  11. Robert.

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    so? not a good idea for a newbee;)
     
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    I wont say it's not a good idea but you just have to take it slowly and research the product. You have to reduce your nutrients slowly
     
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