How can I get a ball of chaeto tumbling in my sump!?

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Punk, 31 Oct 2008.

  1. Punk

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    hey guys, not sure if this has been done locally yet but if so how have you gotten a ball of chaeto tumbling in your sump without it getting sucked into powerheads etc?

    thanks!
     
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    With my old setup I had a small pipe that T'd off from my refugium delivery/return line and that caused a current inside spinning my chaeto ;)
     
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    cool man do you perhaps have a pic so i can understand exactly what you mean?
    thanks!!!
     
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    Just to help you understand, here is a pic of my old refugium empty for you to see how it looked

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    Here is a pic with the hang-on reefoctopus refugium "hanging" on the main/big refugium. No perticular reason why I did it this way, just had them and utilized it all :p

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    Top view with the energy saving lamps

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    Used Seio brackets to hold the light covers :p

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    Pic of the compartment with chaeto, the pump and return line from the hang-on refugium was also in there helping with the "spinning"

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    Top view of compartment

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    Hope it helps and that you can see how my confusing setup worked :lol:
     
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    thanks man now that is one amazing refugium DSB setup you had there!!!

    how well did the pods flourish in there?
     
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    Well, I kept on modifying it and only had it for 3 months or so. Never really gave them a chance to multiply in piece :p - then I sold everything.
    Busy setting up my new system now :)
     
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    I would say get a small powerhead and put it in such a way that the chaeto cannot be sucked against it - with a partition of some sorts that still allow the current to come through.
     
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    You need a square/rectangular compartment with no where for the chaeto to snag onto.
    I then used to feed water in via a bulkhead fitting on the top left.

    Just above and to either side of the inlet I placed two outlets.

    This works by forcing a narrowish stream of water close to the surface of the container. Because chaeto mostly floats this stream should start it tumbling. The water then circulates the same direction as the chaeto around and back up till it finds it way out the overflows.

    If you do not get adequate circulting water it may be helpfull to silicon in a deflection plate on the top left to force the water downwards.

    HTH.
     
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