Using the correct colour Bulb for cheato

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by ziyaadb, 16 Aug 2009.

  1. ziyaadb

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    Hi all

    Just thought i would share what i experienced recently with my cheato growth. I was using a cool white 20W energy saver - 4000K and my cheato was not really growing. I changed the bulb to a daylight 26W energy saver - 6400K bulb and the cheato really took off and started growing at a phenomenal rate.

    On that same note i had a ton of cyano and green algae growing in my sump with the 4000k bulb. So i am sure that the 4000k bulb will work awesome for an algae scrubber.
     
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    I've found that too,I have a 4000k over my DSB and a 6500k over my refugum, both energy saving PAR 20w globes, and the growth of chaeto under the 6500k is almost double that of the 4000k, but growth ofcoraline and sycon sponges seem way ahead under the 4000k . . . Wierd
     
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    Thanks for sharing Z
     
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    Awesome info...shotto...
     
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    Ziyaad where did you get the globes and how much am I looking at? I want to replace globes on both my sumps

    Guess these would work a treat on a ATS - why do you say the 4000K is better for the ATS than this?
     
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    Thanks For The Info Man
     
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    Hey Mark

    The 4000k are Osrams - can be bought at almost any store that sells Osram bulbs. normally retail for bet 25 - 30
    The 6400k are Apollo - got them at the lighting warehouse. The lighting warehouse in 4 ways will want 50 bucks each:whistling: and the lighting warehouse in ferndale want 30 each really dont know why the store in 4 ways is so expensive.

    As to why the 4000k will work better, i cant give you the scientific explanation but from what i experienced in my sump is that the cheato was not really growing but i had AWESOME growth of green and red algae on my sump glass and inside my sump. once i changed to the 6400k the cheato started growing crazily i still have 2 4000K in there with the 6400k to keep all the algae in there. heres some pics of my sump.

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    Algae on the filter sock
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    Algae on the glass
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    The lights
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    The longer light is the 6400K and the 2 shorter ones are 4000k

    dont know if you can see the colour difference here
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    This is quite weird. I found after trying loads of different globes, that the Philips Tornado 20w daylight saver - 2700K makes my Chaeto grow insane, and I only need one globe.

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    coolio thanks Warren, I have moved the 3000K to y frag sump and the higher K to my main DT - lets see wassup

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    Cool that you guys can use energy savers. My chaeto would not grow at all with a warm white energy saver. So - I got the idea to use my 50 watt halogen 12Volt lights. And since then - my chaetomorpha has grown from a small ball, to so much that it covers my WHOLE DSB area in my sump (600mm by 600mm by 600mm)....
     
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    yip all my tanks run with them....these work very well for me...i switched from day light savers to the 12v 50w halogen globes
     
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    Lanzo - how well does your chaeto grow? Only since I changed over, have mine grown so much that it completely filled my DSB chamber of the tank! COMPLETELY... ;) And my chaeto houses a HUGE amount of life. Pods, worms, etc...
     
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    i harvest 2 times a week...only run it at night.

    i found that if one harvests more frequently...then it pulls out much more nutrients in the water and it then grows quicker.

    But it could also be a certain spes. of cheato...because i have found one that doesnt want to grow as quick than the rest

    i have allot of tiny bristle worms in my algae.
     
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    I've got cheato in my sump and it does not want to grow...this about light is a bit too much for me...one is using this type and the other is using a different type...geez im confused...:(
     
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    23w Osram daylight bulb works like a charm
     
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    Shot..Keyaam...
     
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    Riyad - just think of chaetomorpha in terms of "normal plants". Normal plants that you have in your house/garden needs certain lighting requirements.
    Same with chaetomorpha. Energy savers just saves some electricity.

    It works likes this - the higher wattage of light, the better for plants. Don't worry too much about the different Kelvin settings......
     
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    jacquesb...Okay i was starting to worry, maybe i am doing something wrong cause everyone's cheato is growing like crazy and mine is just as small like when i got it from Keyaam...
     
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    LOL not if u using 3*26w
     
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