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Pearling HC

I've only had my 2.5 up and running for 2 weeks, the HC in there less than 1 week and it's already bubbling. It started when I started dosing with Excel to compliment the DIY CO2.

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sorry but what does HC stand for?
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sorry but what does HC stand for?
i asked exactly the same thing when i first started on here, its an abreviation of hemanithius callithrodes (check spelling) its a very popular carpeting plant, i have it in my tank as do many of the nano-ers
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Pretty close! Hemianthus callitrichoides. You can see why it's easier to just say HC


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They should have a different abbreviation because you can't search it on TPT and it really frustrates you when you can't find information from just the abbreviation :-P.

Any pics of the whole tank cashman?


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What other stuff do you dose? Just Excel and CO2 only? If so, what's your dosing routine? (i.e. how much, how often?) I haven't gotten my HC to pearl like that yet, and I'm wondering what I do differently.

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I use the following for the CO2 in a 1/2 L Gatorade bottle (more rigid than soft drink bottles)

1. Add 1/2 cup sugar
2. Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3. Fill half way with hot water.
4. Swirl until the mixture is mostly disolved
5. Fill to 3/4 full with cool water to bring the mixture to room temp
6. Add 1/8 teaspoon Fleishmann's Active Dry yeast.
7. Swirl mixture

I have 1/4 in tubing running from the lid thru a check valve into a airstone that's in my AC 150 filter. It's under a bag of Purigen that is under the filter sponge.

I add .25ml of excel daily via a medicine dropper (about 5 drops)

The substrate has 5 Flourish root tabs spaced evenly.
That's it. I haven't put anything else in. BTW the substrate is the Oil-Dri product in the automotive section, so it's not the expensive eco-complete or aquasoil.
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I've also got a 27w PC desk lamp as lighting, so I'm sure that helps.
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Cashman, you should do a write up about how well the Oil dri does. I've been keeping up with your tanks and am very interested in how the Oil dri does. I'm a penny pincher and if oil dri can work, hey I'd go for it!
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Mine pearls the same way, 2x13 watt fixture over a 2.5g and DIY co2, similar setup, except I use jello to suspend the sugar.
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WOW. that is one big bubble..I might try this, Looks good!
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Thanks for the info

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They should have a different abbreviation because you can't search it on TPT and it really frustrates you when you can't find information from just the abbreviation :-P.
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https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...ks-search.html

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So far so good on the oil-dri. The plants are fine and I have two tetra's and an Oto in there. The are happy and healthy. I had a tank several years ago that had flourite. The stuff was a mess when I first filled up the tank, even after heavey rinsing, and a mess everytime it was disturbed, via fish movement, or plant relocation. Not to mention it was $$$$. I'm planning on a bigger tank soon, so this was my experiment. I'll do a seperate thread on the concept soon.
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