Can't Grow Chaeto

Jmunk

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Oct 25, 2018
Messages
188
Reaction score
100
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
First time refugium user since I moved houses and now have the "new" tank, but just can't grow anything in the fuge. I tried one cluster from algaebarn in the beginning that just over time kinda disintegrated. Figured (although PO4 is near 1 now and Nitrate is around 25), the tank was too "new". So now about 4-5 months later, with those nutrient numbers, I got another batch from algaebarn. This one came with sea lettuce and another macro - once again I feel like it's just starting to wither away.

Here's the light I'm using. Running 17 hours a day, inverse of tank lights. I don't have a powerhead in the sump, and instinctively I feel like it's not getting enough flow since it's stagnant, but a lot of people on the forums here are saying they grow great chaeto without any powerhead or movement, so I'm not sure. Ayy advice?

fuge2.jpg fuge1.jpg
 
Maxout

jeffchapok

Valuable Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Dec 31, 2018
Messages
1,160
Reaction score
1,580
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
I had that exact same light, and my chaeto growth was just "okay". The light eventually died and I replaced it with this one. The difference has been tremendous! I am now pulling out huge batches of chaeto every 1 or 2 weeks and throwing it away. I also grow red dragon's breath and its growth has multiplied as well.

I do have a 660 gph wavemaker in the fuge. I also ran both lights 24x7, so I don't think too little light is your problem.
 
OP
Jmunk

Jmunk

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Oct 25, 2018
Messages
188
Reaction score
100
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
I had that exact same light, and my chaeto growth was just "okay". The light eventually died and I replaced it with this one. The difference has been tremendous! I am now pulling out huge batches of chaeto every 1 or 2 weeks and throwing it away. I also grow red dragon's breath and its growth has multiplied as well.

I do have a 660 gph wavemaker in the fuge. I also ran both lights 24x7, so I don't think too little light is your problem.
Yeah, I was always kind of skeptical at how effective that light I got was. I also am hesitant to say it's the light or too intense as I posted a while ago before when I was running it around 7 hours, and everyone told me it needs more light.
 

Cool tangs

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Apr 16, 2021
Messages
153
Reaction score
245
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Aus
Cheato hmm, its great when it works. I had this same issue.

I upgrades my lights to the plant growing vipraspectra and noticed better growth. I also carbon dosed. It wasnt until about the 1 month mark that I noticed awesome growth from my cheato and now my nutrients have bottemed out. It was mostly once i got my nitrates down with carbon dosing it really starting to take off.

I dont know enough about this plant to give any proper explanation. This is what worked for me and i had same problem. Kept dieing
 

Pistondog

2500 Club Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Jun 28, 2020
Messages
3,512
Reaction score
6,707
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
My fuge has live rock to within 2 inches of surface, blanket of chaeto on top. Chaeto doubles every month.
Your light and other nutrients are fine. Flow is not important. Par is important.
 
Orphek OR3 reef aquarium LED lighting

Cool tangs

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Apr 16, 2021
Messages
153
Reaction score
245
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Aus
My fuge has live rock to within 2 inches of surface, blanket of chaeto on top. Chaeto doubles every month.
Your light and other nutrients are fine. Flow is not important. Par is important.
Speaking of par, my cheato get about 600-800 par if this also helps the user
 

Explorer12

Community Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Mar 28, 2020
Messages
49
Reaction score
29
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
First time refugium user since I moved houses and now have the "new" tank, but just can't grow anything in the fuge. I tried one cluster from algaebarn in the beginning that just over time kinda disintegrated. Figured (although PO4 is near 1 now and Nitrate is around 25), the tank was too "new". So now about 4-5 months later, with those nutrient numbers, I got another batch from algaebarn. This one came with sea lettuce and another macro - once again I feel like it's just starting to wither away.

Here's the light I'm using. Running 17 hours a day, inverse of tank lights. I don't have a powerhead in the sump, and instinctively I feel like it's not getting enough flow since it's stagnant, but a lot of people on the forums here are saying they grow great chaeto without any powerhead or movement, so I'm not sure. Ayy advice?

fuge2.jpg fuge1.jpg
I mixed my Chaeto with floating bio balls (like plastic) and it helps keep the macro together.
 
Fritz

Toys For Kids Drive

Untitled-2 copy.jpg

Have you ever had a nano reef tank?

  • I have one now (leave a photo in the thread)

    Votes: 146 51.2%
  • Yes, but in the past

    Votes: 60 21.1%
  • No and no plans to have one

    Votes: 40 14.0%
  • No but I want to have one in the future

    Votes: 33 11.6%
  • Other

    Votes: 6 2.1%
AFX
Top