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Cecil 01-26-2013 07:12 AM

C02 in a bottle
 
Seen this bottle of C02 at Petsmart, and was wondering if anyone used it instead the homemade or pressurized method. The name of the product is "API C02 Plant Booster". http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...uctId=11785682
Clerk said it would replace the use of other C02 methods.

l8nite 01-26-2013 07:25 AM

C02 in a bottle
 
I dose it daily in my 5G hex betta tank, low-medium light. The moss I keep in there outgrows the tank every 2 months or so haha.

Darkblade48 01-26-2013 07:39 AM

It is essentially the same as Seachem's Flourish Excel.

It works, but is an expensive alternative compared to pressurized CO2, particularly in the long run.

Hoppy 01-26-2013 03:31 PM

Excel and equivalent products work, but not as effectively as CO2. They also have side effects. For one thing, those are not good to take big risks with. They are potent chemicals that when misused can give you health issues. They are also incompatible with some plants. But, they do have the added benefit of being slightly effective, at normal dosages, in killing some algae.

I use Excel off and on, and have switched from DIY CO2 to Excel for my low light 65 gallon tank a week ago. This was done because I had excessive leaks in my DIY apparatus, which I couldn't easily find or fix.

Lia 01-26-2013 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Hoppy (Post 2356434)
Excel and equivalent products work, but not as effectively as CO2. They also have side effects. For one thing, those are not good to take big risks with. They are potent chemicals that when misused can give you health issues. They are also incompatible with some plants. But, they do have the added benefit of being slightly effective, at normal dosages, in killing some algae.

I use Excel off and on, and have switched from DIY CO2 to Excel for my low light 65 gallon tank a week ago. This was done because I had excessive leaks in my DIY apparatus, which I couldn't easily find or fix.

Read they can kill Vals?

Lia 01-26-2013 04:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cecil (Post 2354834)
Seen this bottle of C02 at Petsmart, and was wondering if anyone used it instead the homemade or pressurized method. The name of the product is "API C02 Plant Booster". http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...uctId=11785682
Clerk said it would replace the use of other C02 methods.


I use CO2 now but interested in these type products for a shrimp tank as rather not use C02 .

If you try it could you let us know how you like it?

Thanks

Darkblade48 01-26-2013 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Lia (Post 2356770)
Read they can kill Vals?

Yes, glutaraldehyde can kill Vallisneria spp.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lia (Post 2356786)
I use CO2 now but interested in these type products for a shrimp tank as rather not use C02 .

If you try it could you let us know how you like it?

Thanks

Glutaraldehyde is just as dangerous to shrimp as CO2. I have killed 30+ shrimp at once with a slight overdose.

Lia 01-26-2013 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 (Post 2358234)
Yes, glutaraldehyde can kill Vallisneria spp.


Glutaraldehyde is just as dangerous to shrimp as CO2. I have killed 30+ shrimp at once with a slight overdose.

Thank you very much, I will not use either with the shrimp tank I am setting up, I know many here do but won't risk it and don't want the constant monitoring.

Cecil 01-27-2013 03:08 AM

After reading the comments I think I would prefer to use the DIY CO2. This is my first plant tank so I better stick with what has a track record for working. Besides I love making things for myself. Thanks for all the info from everyone.


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