Macro Algae (Cheato) reactor

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  1. madmatt

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    Going to be upgrading soon.
    So I've decided to run things abit different.
    Will post the tank upgrade when it's happening.
    But in the mean time here's my converted reactor for Cheato
    Work in progress

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    Awesome!
    I want to do something similar on my tank with a biopellet reactor, only the lights are holding me back though. What lights are you using on yours?
     
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    The lights I got I got are 12v 1w chips
    It's a case of trial and error.
     
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    I'm gonna grab that cheap China mall strip LED's. Will that work?
     
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    That's where these came from.
     
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    Ahhhhhhh okay okay. Why didn't you just wrap it around or did u buy the LED's separate?
     
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    I found the gel ones didn't look as bright and are not as higher wattage as these
     
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    Ahhhh okay.

    Keep us up to date.
     
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    Also maybe add some red in there as well.
     
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    Great minds think alike....I'm also doing that....just awaiting the led strip lights I found one that's 4 red to 1 blue

    Nice size reactor you got there, wish I could find one like that
     
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    MMMMMMmmmmm.....been looking at these reactors before on some of the US sites. Won't your Led's cause algae to grow inside reactor resulting in blocking the light that the macro need?
     
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    I'm not sure.
    Thinking the flow would stop that.
     
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    Well I suppose to a degree it would, but hopefully one will eventually get to a stage that the cheato inside will out compete the other algae since that's the idea behind a refugium but will have to wait and see
     
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    Any updates guys,how are they working out?
     
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