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Using Chaetomorpha in your tank is a great way to reduce phosphates and nitrates as well as other nutrients. If you’ve ever been fishing and severely tangled up your line, this is how Cheato grows. This macrolgae is great for beginners because it doesn’t disintegrate in the tank due to low nutrients or low lighting. Furthermore, it’s extremely hardy and will thrive in many various conditions. Out of the thousands of batches we have sent we’ve only gotten less than 10 DOAs.

We’ve searched around for a very long time finding the fastest growing strain. We finally selected a strain that we believe is one of the most fastest and effective strains available. This macrolgae can be placed into main tank as well if one doesn’t mind a big green ball in the display. When the Chaeto is getting too large for its area simply pull off the excess amount. If pruning is not desired then it’s important to rotate the bottom of the Chaeto ball to the top to get some light. Chaeto doesn’t have the ability to attach to rocks like most other macro algae so it’s very easy to harvest and completely remove.

Acclimation: Match temperature by dropping the bag in the tank for a few minutes and release into the water. Discard the water that was in the bag.

Lighting recommendations:

-5,500k-10k bulb -1.5 watts or more per gallon

The cheapest option is to buy a spiral compact fluorescent lamp with an enclosed reflector and shield attached to a light bulb clamp.

We've gotten a few emails lately on how to go about tumbling Chaeto. Although it's completely unnecessary to do so, it's a good way to make your Cheato more efficient by giving it a larger area for photosynthesis. We’ve found using air pumps to be the most efficient and effective. Simply attach an airline to an anchor, such as a piece of rubble rock, and place it at the bottom of the refugium. Dial the amount of air depending on the size of the Cheato and how fast you want it to turn. The extra air and the greater area of light exposure dramatically increase the rate of nutrient reduction using this method. Check out the video below to see a demonstration.

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