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Dosing Excel questions

Ok, I have no idea how to dose excel. I know it sounds stupid but on my bottle, it says use 5mL every 10 gallons, then 5 mL every 50 gallons. Which one is correct? I'm still confused. Also how many times should it be dosed a week?
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The intial dose is 5ml for every 10 gallons, like after a water change, then you dose 5ml per 50 gallons either every day or every other day. When depends on your light, plants. Can you give us some info on your tank


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10 gal, 2wpg, DIY CO2, dose flourish, N,K,P, pH 7.0~6.8, kh:NA, gh:NA , Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate all 0. I have to go get a kh testkit but I can't find any.
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Why do you want to dose Excel? If your DIY CO2 works, you should not need it.


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My DIY CO2 works but goes about 1b every 20 seconds or something. I have no idea what is wrong, I just changed it today and it still goes 1 bubble every 20 seconds or so...
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If you're just using excel as a CO2 supplement, then you dose 5 ml the first time, and after a water change of 40% or more.

Then, every other day, add 2 mil, or
every day, add 1 ml.

I choose to dose mine every other day. I do not dose excel on days I dose flourish. If I dose excel and micros on the same day, my tank gets cloudy. No apparent harm done, but it's not pretty.
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My DIY CO2 works but goes about 1b every 20 seconds or something. I have no idea what is wrong, I just changed it today and it still goes 1 bubble every 20 seconds or so...
Maybe you have a leak some where, what mixture are you using?


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I use 2 cups of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of yeast, and fill the water up to the part of the soda bottle that starts to curve in. I might have a leak then, so should I reseal the tubing?
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what temp. water are you using? Spray some soapy water around all the connections and the tubing to see where the leak is.


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The water temp is room temperature. I would guess 70~75 F. I'll try the soapy water thing now thank you
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I add baking soda to my brew so the acidity doesn't get too high and kill off the yeast. In my mix, I use 1/8 teaspoon of yeast and 3/4 teaspoon baking soda (I'm using the Nutrafin kits which are much smaller than the soda bottles), so if you use 1/2 teaspoon of yeast, I'm guessing that you should add 1 and 1/4 teaspoons of baking soda. I got my amounts from those packets that came with the kit. Good luck!
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