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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2004, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Cause and Effect?

I've been growing a carpet of Glosso in my tank now for a little over a month, using pressurized CO2 at 25-30 ppm and supplementing all the macros along with using CSM+B for traces. The Glosso has been growing just fine, but yesterday I decided to start adding a dose of Flourish Excel and Flourish Iron with the traces and when I woke up this morning I noticed Glosso creepers that had to have grown inches overnight! Is this possible and if so, was my tank just iron limited or did the Excel have some sort of magical effect? I haven't noticed any signs of iron deficiency in my H. difformis so I wouldn't think that the Glosso was being Fe starved. I've read that Excel is supposed to improve iron uptake so maybe that's the case. I'm also curious if the CSM+B just wasn't providing enough iron and that adding the additional iron really kicked things in? Thanks!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-22-2004, 04:03 PM
 
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Interesting question. Iron does oxidize out of the water very quickly. CSM+B does contain Iron, but I typically alternate dosing CSM and Iron (Flourish brand) on alternate days to make sure I have enough iron.

Probably the best way is to only dose Iron next time, see what happens...then dose the excel next week and see what happens. but, I really doubt the excel did it.
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I've read that Excel is supposed to improve iron uptake so maybe that's the case.
That's what I was thinking. It might have been particularly effective at helping the glosso take in the iron it needed. Who knows?!

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I hear a run on Flourish Excel starting......

I just got some Flourish Excel from Jay Luto and might have to try this out. It very well could be the Flourish Excel aiding the plants iron uptake. Best thing to do would be to try Malkore's suggestion!

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This is going to sound sort of stupid, but I mixed the Excel with the Flourish Iron (2:1) because of what I read on the Seachem website stating that it enhances iron uptake. Brilliant huh? Or maybe it's a new secret forumla for Glosso farmers I don't have any separate iron to supplement now to test Malkore's theory. At this point, if it continues to work the way it has been, I'm not going to question it and will keep up the dosing as is. My Glosso has been going nuts the last three or four days! It's all I can do to keep it out of my Lileaopsis and my Riccia. Stuff is everywhere. Finally!

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