I had no idea....I thought Excel was a widely used product for lowtech systems!
My GH is 0, KH is 180. Does a high KH mean high Phosphates? I'm going to pick up a Phosphate test kit this week to check it out.
Oops! These old eyes misread it.
I had read that usually when the ph is high the gh is high. I had high ph with low gh. Search found that this meant that the city was dosing the water with phosphates. Cities do this so that the metal in old pipes will not leach into the water.
I another thing to do to save money, for this is an expensive hobby, is to use dry ferts. You can make up your own or buy an all in 1. I have been using and all in 1 from select aquatics
. Switching to Seachem Equilibrium due BBA increasing. When Seachem Equilbrium is finished I am going to make my own buying from aquariumfertilizer
Good luck on staying on a budget. I stopped counting after I spent $500 on 1 29g tank.
When the pH is 7.0 or below, ammonia becomes ammonium. Ammonium not toxic. Thus your cycle should be short.
can range from 80 to 300 ppm based on the fish kept.
I had no idea....I thought Excel was a widely used product for low tech systems!
Excel is a Co2 additive. You balance Co2 with the light in the tank to keep algae under control. In my 20g long with a T8 ZooMed light I don't dose excel, for it has sensitive plants in it. BBA (black brush algae) is only on the wall of this tank. My Crypt Parva in it is growing faster than I had read.