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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2013, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Excel tech bba/staghorn

I have some areas of staghorn and bba.
Low light, fert dosing (macro,micro, excel, potash/iron)
It goes away with direct excel dosing to the area but I'd rather correct the problem.
I'm using nilocg's ei liquid mix for macros (2x 2mL), seachem flourish comp (1x 1mL). Micros and Api leaf zone (1x 1mL). Excel 1mL daily. Lights 6 hrs, two 14w daylight cfls in a 10g stock hood

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-08-2013, 01:53 AM
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How old are the cfl's and what's the kelvin on them? and why so many ferts, I just use his PPS pro ferts and excel and I am doing fine, in my 10 gals I use 1 ml of excel daily and have the lights on 12 hours a day with no issues
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You aren't using CO2....then, just do a daily 2x excel dosage. Skip the initial dosage. You will be fine. Within couple of weeks, the excel would have slowly killed your algae. That's what happened to my low tech, medium light tank. I dose 2x excel daily.


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Cfls are 5000k and middle aged, not elderly. Plus I'm getting planted+ soon anyways.
You think I'm overdosing?
2X excel, I'll give it a go

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yeah seems like a lot of ferts and yes the double dose of excel will help a ton
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5000k is also not an ideal spectrum. 6500k are the bulbs you want. Just wait for the Planted+ to arrive and things should ease up soon.

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I know they're low but for some reason my home depot doesn't carry any higher? I read that they still work on the lower end of the spectrum and I have decent plant growth.

Def. will do the 2x excel and lower the ferts to 1mL
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