Adding Macro-Algae

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    WarmSoda

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    So I want to add some Chaetomorpha to my tank...

    I have a wet-dry bellow my tank that used to have bio-media but I took it out for the obvious reasons. My plans were to put the Chaeto in the chamber were the bio-balls were; sounds like an idea?

    Also, what kind of lighting should I put on the sump?
     
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    Oh, also, does the Chaeto have to me completely submerged in water?
     
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    You'll just need regular old light bulb.Dont need to be anything special.
    And the chaeto needs to be mostly submerged.It'll do better if its in a spot where it can kinda slowly tumble in the current.
     
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    I use plant bulbs you can find at any store for the lights on my fuge. They work and are cheap.
     
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    I had a two 7 watt bulbs and one bulb died, then the chaeto started to die back and nitrates went up . I recommend a strong "plant light" from Home Depot. I now have 2 15 watt Halogen bulbs and the chaeto is growing, but Haologen bulbs generate too much heat. If the chaeto isn't growing such that you have to trim it back once a month then I would get stronger light.
     
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    We'll I figured If I let it float in the bio-ball chamber the drip tray would give it a little love. Or is that not enough?

    Also, I plan on ordering it from the Drs. Is one order enough to get me started?
     
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    that plan sounds perfect as long as you can get light in there, also one order is more then enough but if you want two then its not a big deal
     
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