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Old 08-06-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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My Chaeto is a mess, flowing into the pump area, sticking to my pump sponge filter & skimmer filter... Should I put a rubber band around the Chaeto to contain it?? Or is there something else I could do?? People talk about their "Chaeto ball."

I could put my sponge filter back in my bubble trap but I don't want to be cleaning that constantly too. My pump is touchy & when the levels get low due to blockage, it spits air into the DT. I just think there's a better way & I shouldn't be having to clean all the filters daily to keep the pump running.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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I would probably tie it into a ball using fishing line. You could even tie one end of the fishing line to something in the tank to keep it away from the water pump.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:11 PM   #3
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I would probably tie it into a ball using fishing line. You could even tie one end of the fishing line to something in the tank to keep it away from the water pump.
Thanks! I'll try that. It's the loose pieces that end up on the pump filter and escapes up & out thru the bubble trap. The glob itself doesn't get near the pump. I'm guessing if it's tied together that'll get less & less.
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What lighting are you using to grow it? It really shouldn't be breaking up without some outside stimulus.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:26 PM   #5
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What lighting are you using to grow it? It really shouldn't be breaking up without some outside stimulus.
I've converted my sump to refugium by removing the bio balls & putting live rock & Chaeto in there. It may be getting tossed around quite a bit b/c of that. I have a 6500k CFL in a clip-on lamp. My NitrAtes have been ZERO since shortly after adding the Chaeto & they were hovering around 10ppm.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:21 PM   #6
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Please send a pic of you setup Tango. I am thinking of doing the same thing with my sump. Not sure if mine will convert though. Need to see a picture
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Please send a pic of you setup Tango. I am thinking of doing the same thing with my sump. Not sure if mine will convert though. Need to see a picture
Here's w/ the light on. The LR & Chaeto are to the right below the egg crate. Bubble trap in the middle and protein skimmer & return pump in left section. I have my sponge upright so it only blocks half closer to the area the Chaeto is to hopefully catch stray pieces but not obstruct water flow. There's also some filter floss in there for Copepods to inhabit & when I'm ready, I'll put that in the DT to transfer them.
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I see now. I don't have that middle section. Is that the bubble trap? Did you add a piece of acrylic to create it or did it come that way? Here's a pic of my setup, but I really want to have a fuge. Looked at buying one last week but all stores had the priced at $300! Everything is so cramped in there I don't know if I could make another section
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I see now. I don't have that middle section. Is that the bubble trap? Did you add a piece of acrylic to create it or did it come that way? Here's a pic of my setup, but I really want to have a fuge. Looked at buying one last week but all stores had the priced at $300! Everything is so cramped in there I don't know if I could make another section
Bought my tank used but I assume the sump came this way commercially. Yeah, it doesn't look like you have much room. I may make my own out of 20g some day. I'm pretty handy. Or just watch Craigslist for a good deal. I'm sick of picking Chaeto off my pump & skimmer. Can you put your skimmer outside the sump, I have that option w/ mine.
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