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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-23-2014, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie co2 question

Hey guys,

I'm getting ready to do my first planted tank. I want to wait to get a pressurized co2 system for a month or two, because I want to spread out the costs of buying all this stuff. Would something like API co2 booster or Flourish Excel, get me by for a month or two? I haven't decided yet on what plants, but I'm hoping that not having the co2 right away will be okay.

I have a Finnex Planted+ light and a 29 gallon tank. Thanks for the help!
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Depends on your light level (those more familiar with your specific fixture can chime in). Lower light and you'll be fine, in fact you don't necessarily need CO2 with lower light levels. High light though, you could be in trouble without CO2. Excel will help, but won't replace CO2.
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The easiest thing to do would be a DIY Co2 made out of a plastic bottle, some air line tubing, sugar, yeast, water, and a air stone. Just google DIY co2 there is millions of them, take 5 minutes to assemble plus silicone dry time.

They work great, ive used them religiously, and they are sooo cheap!

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Excel can melt some plants and I would suggest if necessary reducing your light level rather than using the Excel. Raising the light or putting a netting underneath it are ways of reducing it if necessary. The three things that should be balanced are the light, the ferts, and the CO2. If you aren't going to do one then don't do the others yet.
Excel delivers some usable carbon to the plants but it is also a fairly toxic mixture of chemicals and I suspect most of us use it more for its algacide properties than its ability to replace CO2. Quickly introducing plants like vals or anachris (and many others) to it, especially in higher doses, will result in these plants dying back or off completely. They can be acclimated to it but in your case why bother if you know your going to CO2 shortly anyway. I wouldn't recommend going to DIY CO2 either as it is a lot of fuss for just a temporary fix. Just keeping your light levels lower should carry you through without any problems.
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