View Full Version : looking for better color

03-27-2011, 11:40 PM
i have a 120 G mixed reef that Im looking to get better color out of my colors growth is pretty good colors just look dull and dont pop tank was running for just under 2 years then i moved and no been running in new place for 8 months
120 g tank
40g sump
2x150W MH 2 x 96w actintics bulbs 3-4 months old
3 k4s and a CL CL not running right now have a brand new snapper hybrid in the spare room will be running by next weekend
vertex in 180 skimmer
auto 2 part dosing
small fuge
biopellets/ GFO in reactors carbon passive
ca 420
mg 1350
alk 8
no3 5-10
po4 test says 0 but have little algae on rocks

I was wondering if zeovit additives would help? i have no more room for a reactor.
coral snow
pohls xtra
ammino acid

from the descriptions it looks like these 3 are what im looking for
can i dose these without a zeo reactor and still get desired results?
thanks for any advice

03-27-2011, 11:43 PM
zeovit help me a bit. I only use the following.


03-28-2011, 12:21 AM
yes you can use those without a zeo reactor. Consider Prodibio if you have no room for a reactor in your sump.


03-29-2011, 03:33 AM
ok thanks
no one else runs zeo additives without reactors ?

03-29-2011, 03:43 AM
I do not use a reactor with the above additives i mentioned.

03-29-2011, 03:46 AM
no reactor.....11 additives......:drinking:

Skimmer King
03-29-2011, 04:07 AM
no reactor.....11 additives......:drinking: Really Doug you dont drip Kalk or a cal reactor your tank is totally amazing man with you just doing additives

03-29-2011, 04:09 AM
I dose amino, coral v, sponge power, extra, k balance & finally zeobak all w/o the reactor.:)

03-29-2011, 05:08 AM
0 phospates, 0 nitrates

Good skimmer, GFO, the best carbon & biopellets. Calcium reactor keeps the alk and ca levels very stable.

And I dose with aminos, sponge power, coral vitalizer and coral snow.

No doubt yer corals will turn brown if the nitrates level gets too high. Carbon will keep the water colourless so that you can get the most out of your lighting. My skimmer probably strips a lot of things my corals would otherwise feed on. I do dose with homegrown phyto (don't tell the cops). I do shut the skimmer off for a few hours every time I dose. I don't hav a clue how much my corals are up taking anything I dose.

03-29-2011, 05:43 AM
Really Doug you dont drip Kalk or a cal reactor your tank is totally amazing man with you just doing additives

Thanks Mike......I dosed the same 11 additives to V1 of the tank and ran a profilux dosing pump for Ca and DKH (dosed Mg manually).....

V2 is being dosed the same 11 Kz additives, but I havnt even tested the tank for anything since it crashed.....

heres the list

Coral Vitalizer
Amino Acid
Sponge Power
Stylo-Pocci Glow
Coral Snow

also dose Kent's Phytomax and Zoomax

03-29-2011, 06:26 AM
No one mention anything about your lighting. Keep it basic. There are tanks out there with just the basic water change and they are still amazing.

If you have a standard 120 4x2x2, I think your 150w halides are a little on the weak side. And kelvin of the bulb makes a big difference in color.

03-29-2011, 06:45 AM
can you place a picture?

if the tank is running good and you have colors but doll as you say, try to use amino acids.....i did it with brightwell and in 2 weeks got amazing results.