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Old 08-13-2013, 02:17 PM   #11
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Some times this happens and I don't know why. I can't grow chaeto either, but any type of caulerpa does very well. It's not about what type of light or the amount of flow either. My algae started dying off when I started having a nutrient issue. Perhaps chaeto is not tolerant of very high nitrates and/or phosphates.
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Some times this happens and I don't know why. I can't grow chaeto either, but any type of caulerpa does very well. It's not about what type of light or the amount of flow either. My algae started dying off when I started having a nutrient issue. Perhaps chaeto is not tolerant of very high nitrates and/or phosphates.
My parameters are always ideal, I was thinking not enough nutrients.
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My parameters are always ideal, I was thinking not enough nutrients.
I don't even have algae issues at all.
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How often are you feeding?
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How often do I what?
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Feed the tank.
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The N03 export using chaeto isn't very high. It works better for stabilization than as a N03 sponge in an established reef system. But it is easy to work with IMO. It doesn't need much light, but it likes aeration. Don't grow it in a ball, flatten it out like a steel wool pad and flip it over every few days.
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What kind of light do you use to grow that caulerpa? I have cheato and its slowly disappearing. I use a plant light for my sump area.
I have 2 fairly powerful 6500k spiral CFL bulbs in clip on shop lights. I was having issues with caulerpa too until I increased the amount of light it was getting. I also leave my lights on 24/7 which seemed to help as well. With the lower light my caulerpa went sexual and my nitrates skyrocketed.
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As far as light is concerned, My algae is in the same rubbermaid bin as multiple corals. I am now using a TAO LED fixture over that tank, but I've used all sorts of light over refugiums with this dilemma, Including a 175 watt halide only inches from the surface.
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I think most lights, other than incandescent, work fine. I prefer using a cheap compact fluorescent, but I would use several. Chaeto does like a lot of light to grow at peak efficiency. But it doesn't care much about the spectrum of the light.

Algae, like all plants benefit from having a rest cycle. So the 24/7 lighting might not be benefiting you the way you think it might.
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