Chaeto without a refugium

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Hello, I was wondering if it would be a good idea to put a small basket/container in the left part of my sump (see pics) for a small amount of chaeto, or do I have the complete wrong idea?


PS. Should I be concerned how still the water surface is?


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Reply #1

Yes you can do that 🙂

To contain the chaeto, take a look at the thing this guy makes with 'egg crate' and some zip ties (about 1:30 in).


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I would rather have the cheato in the section that houses the return line, it needs light and also water movement (tumbling action) otherwise it'll die off. You could also try feather or saw blade caulerpa for a similar fast growing macro for nutrient export

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The other option (which I am currently trying after reading some recommendations) is to use a fry net hatchery (like this one...https://www.amazon.co.uk/POPETPOP-Hatchery-Incubator-Aquarium-Breeding/dp/B07W4HJ317/ref=sr_1_6?crid=YC8MEILTNI0J&dchild=1&keywords=fish+fry+hatchery&qid=1618489382&sprefix=fish+fry+%2Caps%2C348&sr=8-6)
That’s literally what I was thinking!


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I would rather have the cheato in the section that houses the return line, it needs light and also water movement (tumbling action) otherwise it'll die off. You could also try feather or saw blade caulerpa for a similar fast growing macro for nutrient export
So, can you see in my pictures I’ve taken of the compartment with the return pump? Can you see, particularly in the second picture, how still my water surface is (you can see the dust film/bubbles settled right on the top)? Should I be monitoring this? Thanks


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Reply #6

This is how I have mine


Small separate plastic container fed by separate 600lph pump, chaeto doesn’t tumble, but get good growth. Also have some in sump refugium section, but also doesn’t tumble.

I reckon if you put some egg crate you can partition a section of your return section and have chaeto there. You do need light! Main thing is that you want to prevent the chaeto from clogging your return pump!


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