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Excel not changing color on drop checker

Ive been dosing seachem flourish excel for the past few days and I dont see my drop checker changing color. It's been blue ever since. Does Excel not work for the drop checker? Or am I not dosing enough?

The direction on the seachem bottle says 1 cap full per 10gal and I have a 10gallon and have been dosing 2 cap full =(

Plants arent showing much improvement..growth is still slow.

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Excel is not going to change the drop checker as far as I know, it's not a source of CO2, but rather, a source of carbon...

CO2 causes the ph to drop because:

Carbon dioxide dissolves in water to form carbonic acid, H2CO3: CO2 + H2O --> H2CO3

Then, this acid reacts to form H3O+ (hydronium cation) which is acidic and bicarbonate HCO3- like this:

H2CO3 + H2O --> HCO3- + H3O+

Excel, as far as I know is ph neutral and is just glutaraldehyde...

What are your other specs?
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I think the directions for flourish are:
On initial use or after a major (> 40%) water change, use 1 capful (5 mL) for every 40 L (10 gallons*). Thereafter use 1 capful for every 200 L (50 gallons*) daily or every other day.

Adding more might show with some slightly faster plant growth, but you will go through that bottle quicker than you may want. Save some pennies, dose less!

Do you have DIY co2 on this tank? It might help in combination with flourish and some good lighting to get the growth your looking for.


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i do have a diy setup but it takes a few day before the bottle starts to pump out bubbles.

2L bottle 2cup sugar 1 teaspoon yeast and water filled 3/4 of soda bottle. Is that the recipe for diy?

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i do have a diy setup but it takes a few day before the bottle starts to pump out bubbles.

2L bottle 2cup sugar 1 teaspoon yeast and water filled 3/4 of soda bottle. Is that the recipe for diy?
Yes. Make sure you activate the yeast first.
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I think you might be missing a tsp of baking soda. My diy Co2 takes just a few short hours (or less) to get bubbles going. Lasts two weeks or so.

I use these directions http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2006/09/...intensity.html


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I add baking soda also, but I think most people don't. I find it mostly helps with longevity in my case, not startup time.
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