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Old 05-11-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
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Chaetomorpha Algae

I have a 75 gallon with no ref/sump but I have heard this stuff is great for your tank.

Any suggestions on adding it?

how would you go about doing it.
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Are you having problems with nitrates or phosphates. I have calerpa in my refugium. IMO a better exporter of excessive nutrients but a little more riskier also.
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i don't have a phosphate test kit yet (i know I added to the must have sooner then list) but based on my alage bloom and a lack of nitrates in the water I am guessing I do have a phosphate problem.

I also understand that it is just good to have but I want to go with Chaetomorpha Algae cause it is less risky I heard with sexing calerpa can dumb all its excessive nutrients and lead to spikes.
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Yes that`s why it`s riskier. I have mine in a fuge with the lighting on 24/7 and contantly keep it pruned. No problem yet under those conditions.
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so how would I keep Chaetomorpha Algae in a 75 gallon with no sump / ref?
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Add it to the tank unless you have Tangs.. They would love to eat that stuff.
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I have seen people make a basket out of plastic mesh and keep the cheato in it behind their rockwork. The best place for any macro algae is a refugium. Depending on the amount of flow you have in your tank you may find the cheato floating around the tank and could get stuck in a power head. It doesn't root like other macro so it will be free floating in the tank.
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