Vitamin C dosing for zoanthids (I am clueless)

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  1. joekool

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    Well been using for a little while now. I did notice that my filter sock builds up with slime after a couple days so im changing every three days like usual. My reactor clogged up. It has Rowa Phos and carbon in it. Should I clean it out and runn it again or is it going to get clogged up. Haven't noticed to much change in the tank but my glass does seem a bit cleaner.
     

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    How high are you dosing? For how long? This is the end result of your nitrate dropping. It has to go somewhere! How's the skimmer reacting to this?
     
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    Today makes day six. I'm at two tsp twice a day. I did not really have any nitrates to speak of before. Well last time I checked. Should I not run my Rowa phos and carbon. Skimmer is making skim mate as usual it is a large skimmer. 5 foot counter current air driven. I will have to check my holding tank.
     
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    it's possible the carbon reactor is getting clogged up due to bacteria build up in your carbon, it happened to me while dosing vinegar
     
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    Following along, very interested with people's results.
     
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    Yes, exactly!

    joekool, How large is your water volume? I still run Purigen but I dose the sump after where that is placed, just in case it might remove some of the product.
     
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    Volume is 250 gallon actual
    I shut off the feed to the reactor the other day when I saw it clogged. I opened it today to clean it out ad wow did it stink. Ca I rinse my Rowa Phos out ad reuse it even though it stunk like bad fish.

    I was dosing the sump right where the return pump goes pulls from not anywhere near the reactor pump.
     
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    That sounds about right then. The VC is definitely boosting your good bacteria! Once the excess waste is removed, things should go back to normal.
     
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    So I should continue with the same dose until the slime stops.
     
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    You could cut it in 1/2, especially if it's affecting your corals.
     
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    Not sure if its affecting corals. I did notice that my PH is on the rise. I'm now at 8.06 from the 7.77 reading for a couple days.
    Can I rinse my Rowa Phos and reuse it even after it got funky.
     
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    O don't see why you can't rinse it in RO water. Your pH is fine--should actually be around 8.3. Sodium ascorbate is buffered to 7. If anything it would lower your pH but not by much. What is your alk?
     
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    Puff my dHK is 10.9
     
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    That's a lil high. Ca? Mg?
    Your tank looks fine. Unless the brown slime is covering your corals, rocks, etc. It seems your system is exporting it outside of the tank well. Be sure to empty the skimmer cup often.
     
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    My skim goes right to a five gallon water jug from bottom of collector.
    Ca 450 Mg 1385
    I use Red Sea coral pro so the numbers stay high. I dose as well if I need to. The salt mixes to those s high numbers

    Skimmer picture ha ha no skimming issues.
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    Got up to two tsp at night. Dosing right at circ pump in display seems to be working. I have this one kind of zoas that opened not so much and now they are opening so I'm on the right path. Holding with dose and will slowly raise it soon.

    Seriously thinking of switching to purigen I ran out of lignite carbon a couple of weeks ago. Dose anyone have any links to threads that talk about the difference or results vs carbon
     
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    I started dosing VC about 2 weeks ago and after the first week I checked my Alk it it was all the way up to almost 12 (from 9 where it usually is). I stopped dosing for now. I know this happens to some people. Any solutions? I run 2 BRS dosers to keep Alk and Cal steady and once I started dosing VC I noticed a sharp increase in Alk and a decrease in my Cal.
     
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    What source of VC are you using & how much are you dosing? What's your magnesium level?
     
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