How do you keep your chaeto alive

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  1. mala1610

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    Hi guys

    Will the guys with chaeto and have had success in getting it bigger please share your setups as mine does not get any bigger and has actually gotten smaller. Pics would be great to.:m106:
     
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    @mala1610 what filtration are you using on your tank if you using pellets or gfo then you will not have enough nutrients in your water for it to feed.. cheato thrives in tanks with a higher phosphate level and it also loves lots of light
     
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    What macro algae thrives in highish nitrate water?
     
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    Can u leave chaeto with the lights on 24/7 the same as caulerpa?
     
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    Im only using those ceramic white things , I have a little algae break out every now and then. my refugium lights come on for around 8 hours a day
     
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    Currently using a 10W Led spotlight. El cheapo from the Chinese mall.

    Long time ago I used a 45W CFL, available from Chamberlains. Saw yesterday that they are just under R200 now, they got expensive. Anyway any CFL from 23W up would work. Do not install your CFL upright, as water condensate when lights are off would run down the tube into the ballast housing, short circuiting it, blowing the globe early on. Having it hanging down and the housing tend to overheat, you simply can not win... Sideways or pointing down a bit worked the best for me.

    Light schedule for refugium should be in reverse of your display. Helps to maintain a steadier PH level.
     
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    what kind of flow rate do you have for your chaeto ? and do you keep it separate from caulerpa ?
     
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    My cheato is in a plasic little bucket type of thing.

    Something like this, but with a handle on the one side so I could hook it over the sump rim.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Hi
    Sorry to hijack
    So would a GU10 4w or 5w LED spot not be good enough @RiaanP
     
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    more than one globe maybe.
    The 10W spotlight at the Chinese mall I got was R110
     
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    Ok cool I'll change soon.I only have one globe.
    Does warm white or cool white make a difference
     
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    Cool white, slightly better. Warm white and other green algae likes it as well.
    But really does not matter.
     
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    This type of floodlight works very well and is likely cheaper than LED. I got slightly better growth under warm white , think they were 4000k.

    I bought from Builders warehouse a few months back and was less than 200 bucks.

    Cheato tends to prefer higher water flow and getting it to tumble over is ideal.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I have to harvest regularly. I have a red tube light meant for a fresh water planted aquarium. I have it on in my sump 24/7.
     
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    @RiaanP where did you get that basket? I want to do the same thing!
     
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    They got others with a handle, that I hook over the sump side.
     
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    Thanks guys!
     
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    On my large tanks I have chaeto growing well in my sump. A 12v power supply from an ADSL modem that was fried by lightning, a CPU heatsink from an old PC, PCB mount Meanwell driver, 2x warm white and 2 x red 3w LEDS. Made a cheapish, great performance light. Put on 18-24 hour reverse light cycle. My Chaeto outcompetes my Caulerpa because it floats on the top and shades the Caulerpa. Dragons breath grows well in the chaeto shade though.

    In two of my nano tanks I have just wrapped the chaeto around a small piece of polystyrene and let it float on the top, this also works well under blue-ish lighting.
     
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    I have 2 led spots from builder, one cool white, 1 warm white over my sump, running them 24/7
     
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