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Oh, Excel kills vals...

Sigh. I guess I'll wait for the bacterial bloom to subside, and for the vals to grow back.

Just an FYI for those considering Excel dosing -- ramp up the dosage very slowly if you have vals (or Anacharis, from what I've been reading).
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Everyone says that but I never had a problem dosing excel at double strength in a tank that had Val. nana growing like crazy. I don't know about the other types of vals but I can at least testify that nana doesn't mind excel at all.

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I guess If you have other plants that can soak up the excel faster than the vals can, than yours might be unaffected like mine in my 10g which is riddled with lesser duckweed. However in my 30g (that's not over crowded with plants and duckweed) I dose as recommended just like for my 10, but in this case, my vals are melting, every one of them.
No more excel for the 30, cause the rest of my pressurized setup will be here soon


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I guess If you have other plants that can soak up the excel faster than the vals can, than yours might be unaffected
Maybe, but my 58g is crammed full of plants, along with floating Pistia. I started dosing Excel to control thread algae (Cladophora, possibly; I'm not too sharp on FW algae ID yet), so I hit it pretty hard from the start.

Running a Magnum HOT 250 with a micron cartridge cleared up the bacterial bloom in about 24 hours, so things are looking better.
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My jungle and corkscrew Vals are doing fine in a 10gal daily dosing Excel @ recommended levels. Actually have to trim them every few weeks. Anacharis however melted in about a week.
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It killed mine too. Was due for a change anyway...

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I had Vals die back from Excel dosing but, it grew back while still dosing Excel. After that the Vals were unaffected. Maybe they can adapt if you give them the chance.
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I had Vals die back from Excel dosing but, it grew back while still dosing Excel. After that the Vals were unaffected. Maybe they can adapt if you give them the chance.
That's what I'm hoping for; I left the roots in place.
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