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asked in category: General Last Updated: 5th June, 2020

What is Chaeto?

Green Saltwater Macro Algae Plant Chaetomorpha aka Chaeto (Chaetomorpha spiralis) - small - Excellent for Nutrient Control in an Aquarium. Chaetomorpha Algae removes both phosphates and nitrates from the water. It is an excellent macro algae for refugiums. It is also known as Spaghetti Algae or Green Hair Algae.

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Furthermore, what is Chaeto used for?

Chaeto is a green macro algae for refugiums, and is widely regarded for its filtering capabilities. Chaeto (Chaetomorpa spp.) is a green macroalgae for usually used in refugiums, and is widely regarded for its filtering capabilities. It is extremely hardy, and can be kept by the novice aquarist.

Subsequently, question is, does Chaeto need flow? Chaeto feeds on nitrates and phosphates, absorbing them into its cells. If there's not enough nutrients in your tank (or you have other species competing for them), your chaeto won't do very well. When it comes to water flow, it's not an absolute must for chaeto, but a moderate water flow is helpful.

Thereof, what does Chaeto do in a reef tank?

Perhaps the characteristic that makes Chaeto most desirable to the reef aquarist is its ability to sequester nitrates and phosphates into its cell structure. This occurs when the algae simply uses these compounds as food for its general biologic processes.

Does Chaeto remove phosphates?

Even if we accept your calculations, In order to eliminate the phosphate that is in your aquarium you need to GROW a golf ball size wad of chaeto to eliminate the phosphate that is in your aquarium TODAY. As you are growing that algae, you'll also be adding more phosphate to your tank by feeding.

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