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Excel and Fry-first time with excel

I have six leopard danio fry that are about 7 weeks old. I just picked up some Flourish Excel and I'm not sure if it will affect the fry. I figure since they are so small it might affect them a lot more than the adults. Any opinions?
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At recommended dosing it won't harm the fry.
That said, for your peace of mind, perhaps you should start at a fraction of the recommended dose and increase it gradually over the next several weeks.
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When I have fry I want to raise, I do nothing to the tank other than water changes, water changes, water changes. However, in my regular tanks that I use excel, fry seem unaffected at the recommend dosage.

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ya try not to use excel in fry tank and plenty of wc
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i've heard water changes help. Why do they help so much?, what does it do?
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Basically, water changes will dilute any substance in the water. Fresh water helps with disease prevention, prevents stunting in growing fish, and can promote spawning behavior.

For instance, if you put 1 cup of salt in a jar and only filled up with water when it started to evaporate, the salt will always be present. There may be salt crystals on the sides of the glass, but once you fill up the jar, the salt gets diluted back into the water. However, each day, you take out a bit of the water and refill it with fresh water while not adding salt. Eventually, you will remove all salt from the water. Now imagine this 1/2 cup of water is 1/2 cup of fish food and fish waste.

A lot of times, when you have fry, you are feeding several times a day and there are a lot of little guys to cause waste. Changing the water frequently removes the waste, prevents ammonia poisoning, diseases are kept at bay and generally the fry will respond with quicker growth & healthier systems.

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