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flourish excel and plants

I have a 29 gallon tank with hair and thread algae.

I would like to dose flourish excel to try and get rid of it, but I am not sure which plants won't to so well with it.

My plant list is as follows....

Rotalla wallachii
Rotalla macronda
Ludwegia repens
Blyxa japinoca
Cobomba sp. red
Compact swords
C. wendtii vr. red
sunset hygro
stargrass
didiplis diandra
dwarf sagataria
moss balls
italian vals
firemoss
java moss
java fern
dwarf lily
corckscrew vals
altertelanthera reineki

Are any of my plants at risk besides the dawrf sags? I am trying to sell the rest of my dwarf sags, and eventually, there won't be any left.

What about the rest of them?

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best would be to manually remove as much as you can, then spot treat with excel with some sorta syringe or dropper. or get critters that eat hair algae. i like to run a powehead with a good small pore filter on it to suck up any free floating algae that might otherwise re deposit on the plants and surfaces of the tank.
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If you are going to use excel here are the plants I use it with.

Rotalla wallachii
Rotalla macronda
Ludwegia repens
Cobomba sp. red
Compact swords
C. wendtii vr. red
sunset hygro
stargrass
moss balls
java moss
java fern

I have had it melt vals before but i am not sure about the other stuff. If you do use it be sure to spot treat if you keep the other plants in.
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What's a pore filter?

I'll do that, remove as much as I can. Then spot treat.

Should the plants come out of the tank when I spot treat them? Or can I just I just squirt a little bit out at a time when they are in the tank?

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I turn off my filters so there is no water movement then just squirt in on the algae. Let it sit for like 15 minutes then turn the filter back on.
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It's been known to kill vals so be careful with them.
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Excel will melt vals if overdosed...2x the recommended amount.... a small price to pay to rid oneself of BBA. Once gone then you can always cut back to normal dosage and replant the vals....I'd also look at your C02 levels... its probably unstable...

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I do have vals in the tank currently, and I'm not liking them, so I think, whether they melt or not, that I'm gonna take them out of the tank anyways once I'm done.

How do you find the Co2 levels? I'm not running any Co2 as of yet, but when I can find some 2 liter bottles, I"ll be running some. My family just drinks cans of pops....lol

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I do have vals in the tank currently, and I'm not liking them, so I think, whether they melt or not, that I'm gonna take them out of the tank anyways once I'm done.

How do you find the Co2 levels? I'm not running any Co2 as of yet, but when I can find some 2 liter bottles, I"ll be running some. My family just drinks cans of pops....lol
Drop checker by far the easiest method for an accurate way of knowing C02 levels within your tank.

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