Chaeto Algae in the display tank - A workable method?

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Leave some in the sumptuous in case something doesn't work out. You can always remove it later.
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Sumptuous!
I should really sort this out!!

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 lol
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@Steveanem Cheato goes clear when it dies and goes mushy. The chaeto either doesn't have enough flow to make it tumble (try cleaning the return pump or turning up if it's adjustable) or it's catching on coralline or something else rough. ?

Mmm well it's still green, about the size of a fist. The flow is the same as ever. DC12000 one setting down from top. There's plenty of movement with the small power head. It's kinda drifting about a bit more. I suspect the "Superfish Qube LED" light might just be completely naff.
Any suggestions for a decent sump light welcome!

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@Steveanem if the cheato is still the same colour it's always been then your light is fine.

My cheato sunk and is kinda anchored now to the rowa substrate that's building in that chamber because of the life that's living in it, I think yours has sunk because it has gained density either through growing tightly or possible it has gathered loads of life or crap.

the chamber of the sump mine is in has the general flow through plus the outlet from the skimmer and the rowa reactor that used to keep it tumbling.
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Reply #20

mine is the same size as I bought it 2 weeks ago, still nice and green and sinks to the bottom dont know why its not growing

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mine is the same size as I bought it 2 weeks ago, still nice and green and sinks to the bottom dont know why its not growing

Could be lack of nutrients and\or poor lighting.
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Reply #22

got a 20 w led light above 6500 k really bright lol

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Brighter than mine!
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wonder why its not growing  :evil:

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Reply #25

Isn't it tumbling? That really speeds growth up.
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Reply #26

I have it in a clear hamster ball with a wavemaker spinning it round

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Reply #27

What's the reason for the hamster ball?   :S :|

Surely you wouldn't see it growing then anyway, it'd just get denser.

I'd take it out of the hamster ball.
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Reply #28

its a transparent one so you can see through it just so bits don't come off and get sucked up by the return, you think to try it without then ?

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Reply #29

Definitely. It might look transparent, but even transparent glass cuts light penetration by a very good amount, but the human eye isn't great at distinguishing differences in brightness.

If you got a manual DSLR camera and fixed it's exposure, took a picture of a white sheet of paper, then again through the "transparent" ball, you'd see a gray piece of paper, as the ball is cutting a lot of light out. It reflects light, refracts light, filters light and blocks light, so 4 different ways that ball cuts light to the chaeto.

Fragments of chaeto aren't a problem. They'll be pulled into the tank and eaten, and any that get caught on impeller shafts will die and turn to mush and dissolve.
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