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Dosing excel?

I have a 10 gallon aquarium which houses a betta, 5 cories, and two nerites. It's medium planted, with lots of stems. It's filtered with an AquaClear 20 and sponge filter.

I currently dose flourish comp and then potassium on alternated days. How should I incorporate Excel into this pattern?


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-10-2014, 06:53 PM
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Dosing excel?

On the Barr Report website there is an article written by Tom Barr regarding non-CO2 methods.

I'll see if I can find it.

Edit: Here it is,

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When I used excel I just followed the bottle. If anything I dosed less then it said, mainly I had excel sensitive plants.

Do the initial dose then 1ml per 10 gallons of water. I dosed every day to every other day.

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I dose excel in 2 of the 5 planted tanks I have. The other 3 are either -very low maintenance so no dosing just periodic water change, or have excel sensitive plants (val). The two that are dosed get excel, potassium, flourish, and phosphorus as per Seachem recommended amounts and schedule (but a little extra potassium used since these tanks have hygro).
Of the 3 without liquid ferts, the val tank has root tabs, one of the very low maintenance has soil, he other is just moss so no love for it.

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I use it @ 2x the recommended doses in one of my two 10g tanks.
From what I have read on here it starts out as an algaecide but quickly breaks down into carbon. But then it's full useful lifespan is only a bit over 24 hrs.
So I would think that in order to get the most from it A it should be dosed daily.
And B it should be dosed a short while before lights on. But...since either it's not there at all the next day or it's just not any use to the plants by then. But I mentioned this because it makes me think it has no value to do a large dose just after a water change because if it is gone by lights on each day then every dose is a new begining.
I have RCS in both my tanks so I started dosing at the recommended amount for a couple of months before increasing it to 2x the normal.
It seems to work fairly well on GSA but just hinders Cladrophora in my tank @ 2x the normal doses. I bought Pipettes from e-bay which I use to dose it and liquid Flourish comp./Tetra Pride with. The plastic ones are cheap and earier for me than spoones.

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Imo, excel is only good on occasion s. Some plants melt with excel dosing. I don't use it much.
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