no chaeto growth

gusmanda

New member
I've had my chaeto for some time now but it does not seem to grow : (
does it require specific lighting? My LFS said they'd frow with any light, but not sure if it was 100% accurate. I'm using one of those "electricity saver"bulbs, with yellos hue. Should I switch to non-energy-saving bulbs?
 

Aquarist007

New member
This is an excellent joice for lighting:

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Some of the things you can do to encourage chaeto growth:
harvest it once a week
when you harvest it rip the ends
spread the chaeto out over more surface area and tear the ball apart
dose your refugium with iron
 

kolosy

New member
yup - something in the 5-6000k range is ideal. also, realize that chaeto feeds on nutrients in your system, so it depends on how much you're feeding, your skimmer, etc.
 

Aquarist007

New member
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15419053#post15419053 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by kolosy
yup - something in the 5-6000k range is ideal. also, realize that chaeto feeds on nutrients in your system, so it depends on how much you're feeding, your skimmer, etc.

good point--thanks for adding--yes you could add a bit of flake food to the refugium
 

zero26

MoneyPit Maestro
I used this bulb and increased my lighting on the fuge and I can see growth everyday! Its from Lowes. What you are interested in is the K's this is the best one I could find with 6500K close to daylight.

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romsoccer12

New member
heres a question to add. why does my chaeto not float? i have it in the 2nd chamber in my biocube and it always just sinks to the bottom
 

thegrun

Team RC
Try to put it up on a plastic egg stand a few inches below the surface for a week or two, if it sinks to the bottom it may not get enough light to grow.
 

Aquarist007

New member
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15420048#post15420048 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by thegrun
Try to put it up on a plastic egg stand a few inches below the surface for a week or two, if it sinks to the bottom it may not get enough light to grow.

or half fill that chamber in the biocube with reef rubble then add the chaeto.
 

romsoccer12

New member
i definitely have enough flow because people keep chaeto in the 2nd chamber all the time. i have rubble but not a lot. i clipped it on an algae clip directly into the light so hopefully in a couple weeks it will start floating.
 

gusmanda

New member
if it sinks to the bottom does it mean it's dead? Or simply not enough light? Mine's still green so I'm assuming it was just a matter of changing the light for it to start growing, didn't know it was supposed to float.
 

sdc19982002

New member
If your chaeto isnt growing fast then your one of the lucky ones that doesnt have a high nutrient load. I would worry more if you were having to harvest it every 2-3 days. :)
 

gusmanda

New member
It's not growing fast, but the algae in the main tank certainly is growing, so think it's due to the poor light that my chaeto is not growing at the moment, will go change the bulb today, hopefully that will fix the problem.
 

bolo7735

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I used to complained that my chetto wasn't growing fast enough. Week later I forgot about them and it filled up my refug. Got to the point I had to constant trim them. My HOB EcoSystem I had at the time could not break down the crap that was sitting in there. Had bad cyrno bacteria and chetto grew like weeds. Now with the proper sump my chetto is taking its time growing.
 

Aquarist007

New member
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15425156#post15425156 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by gusmanda
It's not growing fast, but the algae in the main tank certainly is growing, so think it's due to the poor light that my chaeto is not growing at the moment, will go change the bulb today, hopefully that will fix the problem.

what kind of flow do you have directed to the refugium
 
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