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Old 08-17-2012, 04:28 AM   #1
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Just got some chaetomorpha and lr from the lfs. The macro is in a homemade egg crate box sitting in my amiracle sump temporarily till my new sump comes in. Should I add a light for the chaeto?
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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Yes a 18 watt compact fluro will work great get a cheap clamp on work light and run it counter current to your main lights
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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Any review on the green killing machine uv sterilizer?
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:37 PM   #4
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You don't really need a UV sterilizer. Spend it on something more useful like a bigger skimmer or powerheads.
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I got one just because I don't have a skimmer or room for one until I get a new sump hopefully soon
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:05 PM   #6
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I got one just because I don't have a skimmer or room for one until I get a new sump hopefully soon
I like uv sterilizers they can take care of parasites and algae sporse and some bacteria to be effective tho you need run water thru it fairly slow i do like 150 gph
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Sorry to but in but why run the sump light counter to your dt light?
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:42 AM   #8
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Sorry to but in but why run the sump light counter to your dt light?
It helps keep the PH stable
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It helps keep the PH stable
To expand a bit, when plants photosynthesize, the take up co2 (co2 lowers ph) and respire o2 back in the tank. Your photosynthetic organisms in the tank do the same thing. So if you run the sump light counter to the display tank, there is always something reducing the co2 in the tank keeping the ph stable and avoiding large shifts from night time and day time.
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Oh makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up!
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