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Old 07/14/2018, 05:31 AM   #1
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Chaeto

I’ve been growing chaeto in my sump for several months as a means to reduce phosphates. Is it necessary to remove large amounts from time to time to “export” phosphates or are they bound within the chaeto?

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Old 07/14/2018, 07:15 AM   #2
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Yes you want to remove some to export those out of the tank completely..

Quite frankly if you have chaeto in a tank and don't need to take a ton out every month or less out of absolute necessity just because its totally overgrown the space then something isn't right..


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Old 07/16/2018, 01:34 PM   #3
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can i ask, what lighting are you using? or the size of the chaeto you started with and your refugium set up etc etc. The reason i ask is i started my first refugium with a full spectrum light (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) that ran from midnight - 10am. DT lights on at 15:00 - 23:00. but my chaeto never grew, i had lots of green hair algae and the phosphate carried on increasing untill i started with my dual GFO and dosing. i'm about to re-start the refugium and i hope i get it to grow, any help would be appriciated


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Old 07/17/2018, 11:26 AM   #4
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I've grown chaeto like crazy with anything from a 6500k 13W CFL to a 10W LED bulb to the 165W (running at less than 30% over a 16 x 12" area or so) Chinese black box I'm using now..

Light alone is not the only "key to success".. Most macros don't need much light..
I think I run my fuge lights for about 14 hours.. (basically opposite display tank schedule which is on for like 10 hours)


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