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Old 05-22-2007, 08:38 PM   #1
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Whats are the best macro algaes to go with?

Since I just built a new sump and had some problems along the way with my chaeto, I have decided to go with all new macros for the tank. Anyway, I plan on adding some new chaeto but was wondering what else there is for reducing nitrates and getting good nutrient export. Right now I have 70 watts of T5 lighting and want a good diversity of macro in the sump. What do you guys mostly use? I was thinking about going with chaeto and feather caluprea, but just wanted to know what else you guys are using and have had success with and if their is anyother that are good. You can really find a good diversity on ebay and was just wondering what to stay away from and what different varieties do in general. Your opinions would be most appreciated.............
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I use grape Calerpa but there is problems if you dont keep lights on 24/7 and keep it pruned. I feed my tang a baseball size ball of it every week. It will go what they call sexual where it will release gamates into the water causing the water to look milky looking. I`ve never had any problem in the 9+ yrs I`ve had grape calerpa but as I said the lights for the sump must be on 24/7. Monthly pruning is a must also.
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I dont mind pruning at all and I do keep my lights on a 24 hour schedule. Have you found that they have a similiar impact as chaeto does? Because when I had my chaeto it grew rapidly and never had trouble with nitrates.
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the caulerpa's are actually better for nitrate reduction then chaeto...but as previously mentioned, they come with their own sets of risks. Chaeto is a totally safe way to go.
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I vote for chaeto and mexicana. I have mostly a mexicana caulerpa and it works great and grows fast. No pruning needed and it does not go sexual
I had my grape go sexual 3 times in my tank and I will never use it again. It takes a week for things to get back to normal, skimmer goes nuts water looks like crap. It does not kill anything just a PIA.
My issue was I did not prune enough...
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Have you guys ever seen anything like this before? This has to be one of the best looking macros I've seen in terms of appearance. But is it any good?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fire-Engine-Red-...QQcmdZViewItem
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I just got some from a local reefer a month ago.. It is cool stuff and he was not sure what it was called. He says his tangs love it and it grows well for him. My mexicana is choaking it out so I need to trim some mexicana.
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Sounds like "fire engine red" macro may not grow as aggressively or fast as macros commonly used, which means less nutrient removal.
Seaham358, do you think it would be good for PO4, NO3 reduction? I notice in the link it's growing under 400 w MH...wow, is that much light really necessary for it?
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I`ve never seen mexicana macro. Do you have a pic or a link Seaham. I might see about getting some.
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