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    Where to place Chaeto???

    Hey guys, were going to be picking up some chaeto (for our algae problem) and wondering where would be the best place to put it.
    Can we hang it in the sump inside of pantyhose with a light over it, theres a pump for the skimmer in one section of the sump and the return in the other section, so we don't want to put it in there loose.
    If we put it in the main tank it will get blown all over by the powerheads. we've never seen it before but can you hang it inside of something?
    We are going to build a fuge soon, but are getting the chaeto tongiht, so need to store it somewhere
    Thanks for your help!
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    we jsut thought of an idea also that would be quick,and easy, we were thinking of putting eggcrate (hard plastic with squares cut in it) into the skimmer section of our sump to split it up to hold the cheato.

    We would insert the cheato between the eggcrat and first baffle.
    right now we use a sponge to prevent any solid object from getting into the return section, so this would make sure it doesn't move through the baffles.

    if we put a light over it, it should be fine right? how much room does the cheato need to grow? can we squish it in?

    Thanks for your help!!!

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    i'm confused ??? do you have two accounts?


    i made a box out of the egg crate and some nylon zip ties to hold my chaeto, it works great. for a light, i use a compact fluorescent daylight bulb from HD that works pretty good and is low wattage. you will need to leave some room for the chaeto to grow but it doesn't have to be very big as long as you keep it trimmed.

    good to hear you found some chaeto locally, i'm just outside of Hamilton so if it falls through i should be able to help you out. :b16:
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    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    nice, thanks A4Twenty, yes we do have 2 accounts, each time I log in from a different computer it goes through a diffeent name, sorry!

    Where can we get eggcrate from, we've been calling everywhere, does it go by a different name??? we were hoping to find it a home depot or homehardware/canadian tire anywhere close

    Thanks!

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    egg crate is also known as light diffuser and yes they have it at HD but ( this is the kicker ) it's found in the flooring section??????????? so you can grab the bulb and a cheap clip on fixture too.
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    aLright prefect thanks
    The light were looking at is a 27w twister compact floresent lamp medium base 6500k Is this a suitable light to grow cheato?

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    thats the one i use, made by Phillip's
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    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    whats your light cycle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by megznsteve View Post
    whats your light cycle?
    most people run it opposite there tank lights to help maintain pH but i run mine longer. i keep mine light for 18hrs and a 6 hour rest will the tank lights are on. the way i see it, it's only removing nutrients when its growing.
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    How close should you have the light to your cheato??? the easiest way for us to mount our light fixture would be 20 inchs above the water surface.. is this acceptable? 6500k light

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