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Flourish excel

Is anyone out there growing successful planted tanks using flourish excel?
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Is anyone out there growing successful planted tanks using flourish excel?

Not at the moment but I have many times in the past.
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My low tech, slow growing planted tank responded really well to excel


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I have anubias (several variety) had java fern NL vareity, two unidentified stem plant types, anacharis, hygrophilia sp. tiger, and some Cardamine lyrata. I use to have regular java fern, and a few varieties of mosses (morved/given away). Everything did fine with excel (did 1 ml per 10 gallons every day + other Seachem ferts)
I will say these plants did NOT like excel: ricca & val (jungle val). Had a huge blob of ricca, might have died from bleach dip.. but i think the Excel finished any remaining bits

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Okay good cause a lot of people are saying to get CO2 but I've heard of a lot of people using excel and being just fine
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ive had good plant growth with excel, but nothing compared to my diy co2.
i can only imagine what i would see with a proper co2 setup.


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It would depend on your light level ... if you have high light you need to use pressurized C02 otherwise you'll probably end up with way too much algae. If you have low light you can get by with just Excel.

Maybe all those people you're talking about have high light. If you want really fast growing plants, reds getting really red & a show tank scape then you might want to go the C02 route. Depends on the look you want to achieve in your tank & how much time you want to devote to it. High light/high tech is going to require a bit more work.
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I use excel and have had success growing vals. I think it just depends on how much and how often.
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I have an aquatic life t5 HO dual lamp with two 6700k bulbs on a 55 gal, so idk if that's considered high light
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Used excel for several months getting into planted tanks. However switching to compressed CO2 was single biggest improvement.


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I have a 20 gallon with dual t5ho lights 6500k. My plants do fine with just excel. No co2.
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My low tech has really turned around with excel, some scaping and the help of this forum! Since using excel my low tech plants have never looked better. I do have to keep up on the fertz a lil more. also on a side note, Malaysian driftwood looks 10x better upside down!

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I have a 55g a well, I started off using excel. I have 2 65w CFLs @ 6500k I had some growth in the tank, but it was really meh and I was going through a lot of excel. I switched to DIY Co2 using 4 2L coke bottles and 1 gatorade bottle as a "sump" and the growth has been 10x what excel gave me. I think excel is great for smaller tanks, but with a 55 it gets to be a bit taxing. Now I just replace my 2liters every 3-4 weeks. Eventually I'll go full on pressurized but I'm content with the growth rate I get now.


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