How do you know your chaeto is doing its job!?!

Discussion in 'Other Reef Talk' started by Vhuang168, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    By job I mean photosynthesis thus using up nutrients!?!

    When you see this!



    This means it is photosynthesizing and creating O2!

    How do you know your fuge light is enough!?!

    When you see bubbles all the way at the bottom of the tangle!

    Who needs to tumble the chaeto when you have a 300w fuge light!

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  2. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

    Hmmm, I don't get those bubbles, but my chaeto grows like crazy. Do those bubbles mean it is actually doing a better job? I have an daylight led and daylight CFL running opposite DT schedule, 300w fuge light worth it??

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  3. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    If it's growing then it's doing its job. But is it doing its job to its fullest potential?

    I have trouble keeping nutrients in my 40b despite feeding 6 fish 4 cubes a day. I would say it can't get better than that!

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  4. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    You more likely to get bubble when there are enough oxygen to saturate the water and can't dissolve any more. In planted tank we call that pearling.
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  5. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    I have the same problems! I have massive bubbles as well all over my chaeto. ;) I have to over feed my 6 fish on purpose or my coral start paling. Pellets in the morning, cube of mysis or spirula brine in the late afternoon, and a mix of oyster feast/reef chili at night.
  6. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Another 300w adds to pge bills hehe cost and trade off. I converted my fuge section to matrix , siporax and Marine pure storage and use a 15watt led strip for chaeto reactor.

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  7. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    I get my growth with a ~20W 225-LED flat panel from eBay.


  8. Baykes

    Baykes Webmaster

    Beat me to it ;)
  9. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    So that actually is the creation of oxygen and not just trapping microbubbles on the surface?
  10. Corallus

    Corallus BAR Sponsorship Coordinator

    Pretty cool. Just out of curiosity, how's your alk level with that much oxygen production?
    Back in my FW planted tank days, I had to add CO2 to get my plants to make bubbles like that.
  11. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    I would lean on saying O2 production. My fuge light has been off for about an hour and a half and the bubbles are going away.

    I dose 2-part daily so I don't know what the effect of just the O2 by itself on alk.
  12. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    It's sitting at 9.5-9.7 right now.

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