Light for Cheato

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  1. munch

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    I got some Cheato currently just in my main tank. I want to put it in a sump compartment of the Boyu TL-550. Any suggestions for what light I can install that will support growth and where I can buy it?
     
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  3. MistaOrange

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    You can use a normal CFL light & can get them at builders or any store...
     
  4. munch

    munch Thread Starter

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    How would I go about waterproofing that?
     
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    There is a post by Charl Shepston I think, he has a rack installed in the 2nd from left compartment with some media and the top of the rack has cheato in and a light.
     
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    Im not sure how much available space u hav but the magnafuge lights from YuppiePets are awesome. My chaeto grows wild
     
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    Hi,

    I also use a CFL. Not on a boyu though, so not sure how you can incorporate it. I use a normal light fitting for it, with no cover. Hadnt had any issues, and been using the same bulb for the past year and half. You can also use the LED downlight. A friiend of mine uses this with great success.
     
  8. JackSplat

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    I have two led downlight units from Builders, works like a charm. Just make sure its 6000K. Normal light fittings.

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  9. munch

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    Thanks I might try the 12v ones.
     
  10. gMAN

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    If you really want it to grow, I had a 100w spot above mine, trimmed it every 2 weeks... Overkill? Yes... Efficiency? Definitely (on growing the chaeto that is, not on electricity consumption :p )
     
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    Hi how would the Philips GU5.3 50w 12V 36D work for cheato
     
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    I also have Chaeto in my sump and was wondering what the ideal photoperiod is to get max growth ? Is it bad to have your sump lights on 24/7 or should it be 12 hrs ?
     
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    Agree with this
    Have mine on 24/7
     
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    12 hours.

    Run it in reverse photoperiod than your display tank.
     
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    Minimum 6 hours darkness for Chaeto. They need the dark. Caulerpa can be run on a 24 hour light cycle to prevent the algae from going sexual.
     
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    would my halogen bulb work
     
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    Any of these.
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    @Charl_Stanhope
     
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  19. Charl_Stanhope

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    I had chaeto in the 3rd compartment from the right. I ran a 3w warm white led on a small little heatsink off an old cell charger. (led stuck on thin piece aluminium) glued between the compartments. See pic below. Egg crate below chaeto. Worked very well.

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