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Old 06-02-2005, 07:19 PM   #1
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Chaeto Versus Grape Caulerpa in Refugium

I have been using Grape Caulerpa in my refugium with very good success, however, I have read that chaeto is much better. I just recently got access to some chaeto. My question is should I now use both or should I give all my grape caulerpa back to my lfs? Also, I currently have my refugium lights on 24/7. I do this because I read that the grape caulerpa can 'go sexual' and emit a lot of nutrients into the aquarium, obviously not desirable. If I go with both, should I keep my lights at 24/7? Will this hurt the chaeto?

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I would get rid of the grape ASAP. I had that stuff go sexual on my reef 3 times chaeto does not...
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Keeping the lights on 24/7 won't hurt anything, and generally will keep caul. from going sexual. Chaeto is all around easier to deal with tho'.
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Thanks. I think I will slowly remove the caulerpa and go to 100% chaeto. I don't have that much chaeto to start with and I don't want to get a nitrate spike. Does it hurt chaeto to have the lights on 24/7?

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With Chaeto, I would keep your lights on the reverse time of your main display lights. My main lights go on from 12pm-9pm, and my fuge light from 10pm to 10 am.
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