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CO2 and Excel??

Just wondered if anyone out there is using Excel and CO2 simultanously in their tanks, and if so, why are you doing it, and is it achieving what you wanted?

I had been od'ing some Excel to get a handle on a little clado I had in my 50 (which btw, seems to have worked) and am wondering if there are any benefits to continue to dose a little Excel. I am trying to swear off sae's because the last ones I had made a salad bar out of half my tank when they reached around 2 years old.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 10:34 PM
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sometimes

I do sometimes add a bit of Excell to the tank to brighten up the tropical sunset hygro. It makes it a nicer pink.
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I've heard it has that effect on red plants. I remember reading that L. aromatica turns a nice deep crimson with Excel.

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I've found it nicely compliments DIY in smaller tanks.
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I noticed it made the leaves of my anubias a deeper green. I might aslo be able to accomplish it with increased co2 too though.
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I recently started doing it in my 110gal and 65gal. The lace java ferns really took off again but that might just be a concidence. CO2 in both tanks are 25-30ppm, I thought I would try it and see if there is any benifit. But to really test it one would need to set up 2 identical tanks with same co2 levels and test on one.


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Yep i have pressurized CO2 as well as double dosing Excel for the last week or two (trying to undo the effects of moving and neglecting tank = massive BBA outbreak). Shrimp, baby catfish and the rest of the gang are all fine, plants very happy, new algae gone, old algae slowly dying.
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