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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-31-2005, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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Carbon Source?

Is there any other way to increase carbon level in planted tanks other than pumping Co2? What about those Dissolved Organic Carbon available in an establish & matured aquarium, will plant be able to use break down DOC?
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You could use Excel made my Seachem. It works pretty well. What size is your tank. Excel can get expensive if you have a large tank


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I'm planning a planted arowana 8(L)x3(W)x2.5(H) tank with sump tank. I don't think CO2 injection is suitable in this setup, so is there any other alternative to increase carbon besides Seachem Excel?
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Why would you not inject CO2? Excel is intended for smaller tanks, as stated it is not as cheep as injecting on a large scale.

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you can inject CO2 with a sump you will just use a little more CO2 to get to a good level


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DOC - dissolved organic compounds....not Carbons...

no, DOC's don't provide plants with carbon.

If you don't wanna inject CO2, your only carbon alternative is Excel by Seachem...which really only works for small tanks due to the expense, you could easily buy a pressurized system for the cost of 4 months of daily Excel dosing on a 55+ tank.
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