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Old 05-06-2010, 04:02 PM   #191
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I actually have a handfull of chaeto behind my live rock in a corner, I have 10 Red mangroves, some Halimeda and some Ulva in the display tank.
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Does it get much light... because most plants (chaeto being one of them) grow faster with lots of light... and the faster they grow the faster they consume Nitrates/Phosphates. Once they start to get bigger then you want you can trim it a bit and through out the trimmings... taking the Nitrates/Phosphates with it.
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sits under 6 T5HO's should have plenty
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does it have lots of water movement?
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not a whole lot but it has some
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okay because some people say that having it in a tumbler or on the intake of the sump where water is very turbulent is a good thing.
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might be? I know its not growing as fast as my other stuff
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The faster you can make the plants/algae you want to grow the slower the other plants/algae will grow... From start-up I plan on having 4 diff kinds of macro algae in my refuge and some in my top tank too... to be eaten by my tangs.
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okay because some people say that having it in a tumbler or on the intake of the sump where water is very turbulent is a good thing.
The reason to have your chaeto tumble is to allow all sides access to the light. If not it grows so thick that the bottom side starts to turn white and release nitrates back into the water.
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And very turbulent water will cause the chaeto to move side to side if not tumble some. Any movement will help light hit more of the chaeto. And that will help remove nitrates
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