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Old 08-21-2011, 02:28 AM   #1
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help growing chaeto

I have a ball of chaeto in my refugium and it's about the size size as when I got it about 2 months ago. At the best I am sustaining its life but it is not growing any. A few strands have turned brownish/white at the ends but not very many.

My refugium chamber is 14" long x 9" deep x 10" high.. so that's 5.45 US gallons (though I do have rock and sand in there, so that will probably bring that down to 5 gallons or so).

I have a single coralife colormax 10W 6700k mini compact fluorescent in one of these clamp on light fixture from lowes (spring clamp holds light on edge of refugium, casing is metallic/refractory).

The light is about 4 inches above the surface of the water. The chaeto sits on the sand bed, with the top being about 6 inches under water.

How can I get it to grow better?
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Old 08-21-2011, 04:39 AM   #2
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i think it is dieing/or already dead...try picking it up and if it easily pulls apart I would suggest throwing it out and getting a fresh batch...
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:46 PM   #3
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Get a stronger light bulb. I use a 1 of these.
Amazon.com: GE 89095 Energy Smart 26-Watt Daylight Spiral Compact Fluorescent Bulb: Home Improvement

The chaeto shouldn't be on the bottom either. It floats.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:18 PM   #4
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I don't think it is dead. When I pick it up it is still tightly wound and feels like im holding really thick fishing line.. just as i did when i first bought it.

Thanks ccCapt. The reflector I have should be fine then? Here is a picture of it...

http://i55.tinypic.com/33x7loo.jpg (old sump)

So since it's more watts that makes the bulb stronger? It's 6500k so I assume that's about the same as my 6700k.

Edit| It's not floating because I think the sump flow is pushing it to the bottom.
Edit2| There's about 250gph flow through the refugium.. too much?
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Reflector is fine. I have about 900 gph thru my sump and it floats.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:49 AM   #6
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looks very cool
what else do you have in there with the chaeto
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:01 AM   #7
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here's a picture of the fuge
im concerned about the light angle/distance from the water.. it's about the only place i can stick it though.

also what do you think i should add to my fuge to make it more fuge like (it looks nothing like yours )

more rock? a bottle of pods to get it seeded?

I don't feel like it has much benefit right now.

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Old 08-30-2011, 05:28 PM   #8
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I just received in the mail the exact same bulb as you ccCapt
hoping this makes my chaeto go nuts
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Good luck. I buy mine from my local Ace Hardware.
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be careful of those visitherm stealth heaters. i have seen multiple threads where they have split open and failed. i would suggest a glass or titanium heater. up until recently, i was an advocate for them, but failing is fairly common.
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