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Old 09-14-2006, 03:12 PM   #1
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Dosing Excel with no water changes?


I have a 75 gal low-tech tank and was wondering if it's ok to small amounts of Excel without water changes. I don't plan on doing water changes except for maybe once or twice a year. I want to keep this really low maint.

I've been dosing 2 capfuls every other day and will be cutting back or totally eliminating that soon. The main reason I am doing the dosing is that I've noticed it has helped keep the algae at bay. I started dosing right after I added 60 or 70 stems of various fast growing plants. I figured the Excel would give them a jump start.

Anyhow anyone have any issues with adding small amounts of Excel and not doing regular water changes? Will there be any harmful build-ups or will the plants absorb all of it? I'm not sure what all is in Excel other than co2.

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Old 09-14-2006, 08:25 PM   #2
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I thought I remembered SeaChem discussing this in their sponsor forum at APC:

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"Flourish Excel is biologically degraded in about a day as it is an easily metabolized source of carbon (not CO2). There is no residual material left to cause concern."
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kool, thanks for pointing that out
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Old 09-18-2006, 03:44 PM   #4
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I have a 75 gal low-tech tank and was wondering if it's ok to small amounts of Excel without water changes. I don't plan on doing water changes except for maybe once or twice a year. I want to keep this really low maint.

What's so hard about water changes?
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Old 09-18-2006, 05:02 PM   #5
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They're not that hard but if I don't really need to do them why bother? It's kind of like saying what's so hard about tire changes? I can change a tire in about 5-10 min but why change my tire every week if it's not necessary? Now if I was driving in the Indy 500 , sure I'll need frequent tire changes, etc.

That's the beauty of low-tech i guess, not that there is anything wrong with hi-tech
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