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Chaeto turning to clear mush after separating


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After having a ball of chaeto in the fuge for a few months with everything going well I had to half it. This is where I am now noticing portions of the chaeto turning clear with small brown lines in it. I'm still seeing a bit of cyano and diatoms in the tank and was curious what the community thought.

 

I light the chaeto with 9w of warm white LEDs and I pump chamber 3 water up to the fuge to keep the flow going. I light the chaeto about 18 hours a day, going off at 3AM, and back on 9AM. hermits, dragons breath, and pods are the only other living thing with the chaeto.

 

Should I cut off these dead parts?

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After having a ball of chaeto in the fuge for a few months with everything going well I had to half it. This is where I am now noticing portions of the chaeto turning clear with small brown lines in it. I'm still seeing a bit of cyano and diatoms in the tank and was curious what the community thought.

 

I light the chaeto with 9w of warm white LEDs and I pump chamber 3 water up to the fuge to keep the flow going. I light the chaeto about 18 hours a day, going off at 3AM, and back on 9AM. hermits, dragons breath, and pods are the only other living thing with the chaeto.

 

Should I cut off these dead parts?

 

What kind of hermits? Blue legged crabs eat cyano, so it's feasible they (or another species) could be munching on chaeto.

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This happend to me also. You cut off too much and now the cyano and other algae are taking all the nutrients faster than the little ball of chaeto. I learned my lesson and started taking out only 1/4 at a time.

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This happend to me also. You cut off too much and now the cyano and other algae are taking all the nutrients faster than the little ball of chaeto. I learned my lesson and started only taking out 1/4 at a time.

 

Well, that makes no sense whatsoever. How can a small ball of chaeto be starved for nutrients that were supporting a bigger ball?

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Well, that makes no sense whatsoever. How can a small ball of chaeto be starved for nutrients that were supporting a bigger ball?

 

not starved, out-competed.

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