Korallen Zucht, the original company that produces the ZEOvit system has announced that they will come out with two new products shortly. You’ll see an addition to the Basic 4 line up with ZEOstart3 which will replace the ZEOstart2 organic carbon source. If you aren’t a ZEO nerd, ZEOStart can be added to help fuel bacteria growth within the aquarium.
Bio Mate is the other new product that is said to be great for “cleaning substrate and rock, reduction of mulm deposits and phosphates. The effect on SPS is a better coloration when you dose normal 2-3 times a week. When you overdose the corals get a little darker but lighter colors come back after a while.” Says Thomas Pohl.
While the ZEOvit system can be debated as to the effectiveness of the additives, one thing is for sure. The ZEOvit system requires a lot of time and work to keep up with the specific and precise dosing regimen involved. Bio Mate can be ordered through Koreallen Zucht website and pricing is hitting at 10ml for 13.50 € and increases from there. ZEOstart 3 has yet to hit their website.
ZEOstart 3 was developed for reefers who want optimum water parameters in a biological way. It promotes the reproduction of all nitrifying bacteria in the aquarium and is therefore very effective in reducing phosphate and nitrate, nitrite and several inhibitors. The skimmer removes up to 100 % more concentrated adsorbent. Bacteria dependent slime algae dissappears rapidly and a biological balance is re-established.
To start a new tank it shortens the inital phase enormously to about only 14 days.
This product is not only for the initial phase, it should be dosed every day in all tanks. It enhances the metallic colors on Acropora, Montipora, Poccilopora and Stylophora. Soft corals grow faster and open the polyps wider.
Dose directly into the water. Swich off the skimmer briefly if possible. Do not increase dosage of 2 ml per 250 gallons/1000 L daily – please note that it is highly concentrated. Overdosing is dangerous for all fish!