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Old 01-26-2013, 07:12 AM   #1
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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
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Read they can kill Vals?
Yes, glutaraldehyde can kill Vallisneria spp.

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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.
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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.
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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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