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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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vsv for planted tanks too???

so back when i had my reeftank vsv was a form of carbon dosing much like the liquid forms some use in there planted tanks atm

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would it be a alternative to using a diluted soloution that i cant get over here in australia???

because i really do need to start dosing something like that or diy c02 or something as my leds put out alot more light then i thought they would haha


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Carbon comes in several forms, some of which is available to plants, but most is not.
CO2 is available to all plants.
Carbonates can be used by approximately half the plants we grow as a source of carbon. They only switch over to using carbonates when the CO2 is gone, though, so it is sort of like an emergency source. It can be added to aquariums in any of several forms, but in any form it is a buffer that will tend to maintain a higher pH if over dosed. Putting some minerals like coral, limestone, oyster shell or cuttlebone in the filter can add carbonates to the tank.

What is vsv? The active ingredient?
The active ingredient in the liquid forms of carbon like Seachem Excel is gluteraldehyde. (I do not know the concentration)
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VSV is Vesicular stomatitis virus. At least that's what Wikipedia tells me.

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I found http://glassbox-design.com/2008/vsv-...reef-aquarium/ online about VSV. Hopefully someone can help him from here.

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Vodka Sugar Vinegar is intended for saltwater aquariums, not fresh water, nor for planted tanks. Salt water aquariums don't need a carbon source for the plants to use - no plants - so what would work there isn't likely to work for us. Plants are evolved to use carbon dioxide as their primary carbon source. Anything else is a poor substitute at best.

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well then that answers that wuestion then


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