chaeto in scrubber?

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  1. Dale6

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    hi guys i have just built an ats its in a drum like mudsharks ,in the drum i have about 6cm of water wud it b wise to grow chaeto in der ?just a thought ur input would b appreciated:thumbup:
     
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    Can be done, but remember Cheato like flow and loads of light
     
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    dat enough light?
     
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    Should be, Although my cheato struggles under that colour light, it tends to like 2700K
     
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    ya i heard best i could get was 4000k
     
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    Hi Warr,

    What are the best lights in your opinion to use for cheato?
     
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    dale, what is another good idea is to add some gravel to provide pods etc a place to live etc,
     
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    Whatever you put in, just make sure that the drain hole doesn't get blocked up.

    You'll find that the cheato doesn't grow well. As soon as you notice it dieing back even a little, pull it out or you'll be releasing phosphate back into the system. If the cheato does well, it means that the scrubber is not removing enough dissolved inorganic compounds. The scrubber should outcompete a slower growing algae like cheato. It would only get enough nutients if the screen is not growing, ie when a screen is developing, or has just been cleaned, or is not working correctly due to incorrect light/flow. In your case there will always be a screen growing, as you are alternating cleanings. So leave your cheato in, but monitor the growth tips to see that they don't start dieing.
     
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    thanks broder and dallas,broder is it best to just leave it bare?
     
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    As I said, While the screen is developing, it'll help. Just don't let it block your drain.
     
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    And it does block the drain hey, I did the same with my scrubber unit with the idea of breeding pod's like mentioned above, but took it out after a few weeks - it really doesn't grow crazy like i suspected it would and i had to move it away from the drain daily and it smelled bad - the algae on the screen was ok, chaeto not so ok . . . Rather put big-ish rubble in there if you want to breed bugs
     
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