ZEOstart is a carbon food source that promotes the reproduction of bacteria which are beneficial to the ZEOvit system. The bacteria will help maintain ultra low phosphate and nitrate. ZEOstart is one big four (ZEOvit, ZEObak,ZEOfood, ZEOstart) required for the standard ZEOvit ultra low nutrient system. This system is designed to maintain maximum coral coloration, growth and health.
Promotes the reproduction of all nitrifying bacteria in the aquarium to help the system naturally remove phosphate and nitrate.
If you have a high nutrient load and are just starting the ZEOvit system, start by dosing 2 mL per 250 gallons (net water volume) of water each day until nutrient levels drop. Subsequently, dose 1-2 mL per 250 gallons. Best results are seen when dosing is split up throughout the day and automated using a high quality dosing pump.
I want to like it By ROTTER TUBE REEF on 5/17/2017ROTTER TUBE REEF wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI really want to like this and read great things but it's just not doing anything in my 125 gallon reef aquarium. I have nitrates of around 40 due to the high bio load of tangs in my tank. I used this at 1ml per day for one month. No change in nitrates at all. The only thing that seems to work and work VERY WELL is carbon dosing in the way of sugar in my tank. 1 tsp per 60 gallons daily. I am still using this hoping after 2 months it will be better. I didn't like the lack of instructions on the bottles. Do you refrigerate, do you not refrigerate, didn't come with any measuring utensils and doesn't say if you can use the cap for measuring. That's a fail.
Near 0 Nutrients By MHood on 3/26/2017MHood would recommend this product to a friendHave been using for about a month with zeolite. Nitrates and phosphates have remained near zero right from the start.
Good so far on a new build By Smo on 9/22/2016Smo would recommend this product to a friendRunning the ZEOvit system on a new 65G reef tank build—my first. Was heavily influenced by the BRS 160 series so I thought I would give it a try. So far I am impressed with their products. The tank is currently cycling. I will update when it stabilizes and I can start adding livestock.
Not happy By Sharon on 2/5/2016Sharon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOnly my birds best seems to be ok. But the rest don't seem to be happy. Looking for a refund
Works well with all the other Zeovit Products. By Michael on 1/24/2016Michael would recommend this product to a friendI've been using this product with Zeovit line for about 6 months now. it really keeps your nutrients in check.
really happy with this product By adam on 12/10/2014adam would recommend this product to a friendhelped jump start my tank and got my phosphates and nitrates in check
Outstanding By Leicaguy on 11/25/2014Leicaguy would recommend this product to a friendDose twice a day with the basic 4, and see no phosphates or mitrates, I love this product line
Good product By pruksakan on 11/9/2013pruksakan would recommend this product to a friendIt really can reduce nitrate from my tank.
Your coral will look better after use it.
Much Pricier than VGV, but worth every penny. By Lindsey on 9/9/2012Lindsey would recommend this product to a friendStarted using the zeovit system about a year and a half ago, had great results, and then about six months ago I tried replacing the zeovit with a cheaper zeolyte product, and the zeostart with VGV to save some cash.
Needless to say it doesn't work nearly as well. The whole thing is terribly unstable, and the cyano has been a constant battle. I was hoping given a couple months it would stabilize, but six months later it is still a mess. I've even tried using just vinegar, because the zeostart smells mostly like vinegar, but I still can't get the nutrient reduction I did with the zeostart.
That tank is scheduled for a major renovation this fall, but when I bring it back on line I will be going back to the zeovit system including zeostart, which is worth every penny.
Stronger than VSV By Blake on 12/7/2011Blake would recommend this product to a friendEasy to use and stronger than VSV, bottle goes a long way. Have had excellent results in combination with ZeoBak
Hi can I use zeostart w/out zeovit reactor? because my sump it to small for reactor.
My question is on dosing I have a 24 gal nano and a sump with extra 5 gal. so with displacement I estimate around 25 to 28 gal. I just was wondering if I was correct on this should I dose .2 mls? Any suggestions I'm just starting this do I want it rite from the get go.thanks
You will ideally want to dose the correct amount (.2ml) directly into the zeovit reactor for best performance. It is a fairly simple process. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Hi, someone asked if you need a zeovit reactor and you answered yes, and that it is highly recommended. Does that mean that putting this in the tank is actually doing nothing if I don't have a reactor? I just have a protein skimmer for berlin filtration method. After one month of dosing properly I have seen no reduction in nitrates, which are at 40. Please let me know. I also don't know if this needs to be refrigerated or not and what can I use to measure? They don't say if you can use the cap or not. I have a syringe I am using for the 1ml. Do I need to use this in conjunction with another product from their line and their reactor? There is no info. Thanks!
This product in particular is a food source for specific bacterial which act as a part of the microbial chain in the Zeovit system to consume nitrate and phopshate. Without the use of the other Zeovit system products and reactor media, the effects of this product may be limited. KZ has a number of bacterial/microbial supplements which help to create the complex nutrient reduction chain in conjunction with their zeolite reactor and this food source, and removing critical components from that system may prevent them from having the desired affect.
Hope this helps!