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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-22-2009, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Excel and water changes

Finally, my new Rio 125 is ready and waiting for the first shipment of plants - any day now. However, it turns out that the SeaChem Flourish Excel that I was planning to use in a low-maintenance setup needs water changes, or so I gather from this forum, which throws a spanner in the works. If this is true, why exactly does Excel require water changes, and to what extent can one do without them?

Intended setup:

Rio 125
2x28 T5 tubes
Flourite
Tropica Aquacare Plant Nutrition+
SeaChem Flourish Excel
Root tabs
No water changes
Loads of tolerant, easy-grow plants
A few shrimp and small fish such as white cloud or tetras

Thanks for any advice!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-22-2009, 08:12 PM
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i noticed in one of my tanks which I was treating for algae the GH kept increasing.
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Excel leaves your tank within 24 hours. I dose a 55 7ml daily and do a 20% wc weekly with no problem. Been doing it for a long time now.
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I've not heard that Excel requires water changes. With that said, water changes are a very good idea, if not essential to long term care anyway. There is a lot of organic stuff in there that will build over time and really needs to be removed.

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