Chaeto and what else

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  1. Ocean

    Ocean Lazy Sea Slug

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    I have heard that if you put two plants or micro bactiria life form eg. choeto. That they will have chemical warfar how true is this, i want to put some other thing in ,please give some surgestions as to what
     
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    why not stick with chaeto? it will grow and fill your sump and you will have to prune it, so why risk adding something which could go very wrong, follow the kiss rule and keep it simple;)
     
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    i have cheato and 2 diff kinds of caulerpa(grape,and feather) in my sump, all tree grow very nicely
     
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    and how are your LPS growning, look i am not going to go to do something damaging to my tank but i realy want to see no nutrionts naturuly.
    I dont like heavy skimming i dont think its good.
     
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    Dude, the caulerpa will eventually win. Maybe there is another sign of your Cyano prob. The macro algae are not feeding on nutrients but rather fighting each.

    Check this out:

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    ??? i only got it when waldo dismantled his tank.
    witch should i take out, what does it do?
     
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    In your tank, it won't do much other than go sexual and wipe everything out. But this is not highly likely, or should i say I haven't heard of it.

    I would suggest keeping one species and let it concentrate on cleaning your water rather than warfare.

    Most reefers agree the safest of the 3 u have is the Chaeto.

    The caulerpa is great tang food, but in small amounts
     
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    but it looks very very nice, can i put it in my mantis tank then?

    how can they have chemical warfare,?
     
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    Great idea, look great in the mantis tank.

    Think of it this way, if you and a couple of mates were locked in a toilet cubicle you eventually going hurt each and not be happy-go lucky buddies. Now think of Lanzo, Zuma and Mugabe in the cubicle, that what's going on in your sump with the macro algae.
     
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    :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh: classic
    thanks tjom, that explained it nicely
    (but all 3 grow)
     
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    Try it out, have only one in the sump and see if it grows quicker and see if it assists any better with the Cyano problem. If you see better growth then you definitely know they were not totally happy.

    One concern I had with mixing the macro's is caulerpa goes sexual when it is malnourished or it knows the end is near.

    And with your luck lately, next thing I hear you got rid of your Cyano problem and every other living thing in your tank :whistling:
     
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    o.key i'll dok it, i'll put those two macro algae in my mantis tank.
     
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    i agree,keep just one type of Macroalgea,i vote chaeto.ive seen a tank with a mixture of all types of macroalgea with no ill effects though
     
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    emmmm...can anyone please post a pic of the three types with identification plates?:wave2:

    Now dont all rush....:lol:
     
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    grape caulerpa in front and at the back is cheato
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    feather caulerpa
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    helmida(spelling) and turtle grass
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