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I don't have pressurized CO2 in my tank yet, and I have some CO2 hungry plants, I picked up a bottle of API CO2 booster to get me through the next month until I can afford the pressurized CO2 setup. It says on the bottle 1ml/10 U.S. Gallons, so I have been dosing 3ml a day along with my fertilizer regimen...I can't find active ingredients anywhere on the bottle, but what I was wondering was, would it be ok to do a double dose or more, say 10ml a day? In a tank with fish


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If the API booster is any thing like excel you can slowly increase the dosage over time with no ill effects. If done slowly and carefully.

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Also will it help control algae, specifically on plants, and if so at what kind of dose, I know pressurized helps plants out compete algae


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API's version of Excel is about the same, if not the same as Excel. Excel is typically dosed at 5X the normal dosage for the first dose after a water change, so it must not bother the fish much, if at all. I know 2X doesn't because I dose that regularly, every day. This is a very small dosage anyway, so there is no reason to slowly buildup to that dosage.
 

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API's version of Excel is about the same, if not the same as Excel. Excel is typically dosed at 5X the normal dosage for the first dose after a water change, so it must not bother the fish much, if at all. I know 2X doesn't because I dose that regularly, every day. This is a very small dosage anyway, so there is no reason to slowly buildup to that dosage.

Awesome, thank you, that is what I was looking for, I thought the 3ml recommended dose for my tank was painfully low, and for someone who has a serious deficiency of co2 in their tank, I need to get some in there while I save up for a pressurized set-up.


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API's version of Excel is about the same, if not the same as Excel. Excel is typically dosed at 5X the normal dosage for the first dose after a water change, so it must not bother the fish much, if at all. I know 2X doesn't because I dose that regularly, every day. This is a very small dosage anyway, so there is no reason to slowly buildup to that dosage.

I was wondering what your thoughts on adding a small amount of pre carbonated water to a 29 gallon aquarium were. I have been curious about using my soda stream to carbonate a liter of water and then add it slowly over the course of the day to replace evaporated water. The only problem is there is really no accurate way to measure it other than by knowing it is as carbonated as a liter of soda haha :)


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I was wondering what your thoughts on adding a small amount of pre carbonated water to a 29 gallon aquarium were. I have been curious about using my soda stream to carbonate a liter of water and then add it slowly over the course of the day to replace evaporated water. The only problem is there is really no accurate way to measure it other than by knowing it is as carbonated as a liter of soda haha :)


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Using carbonated water as a source of CO2 is not a new idea; Amano used to do it, butt ran into some difficulty with its uncontrollable nature.

Furthermore, you may find that a litre of carbonated water does not stay carbonated for very long. Think about how fast a bottle of pop goes flat when left out in the open.
 

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The only reason to slowly ramp up the Excel would be if you have Vals, Anacharis or a couple other Glut-sensitive types of plants which I can't think of right now. Excel can melt these plants but you can slowly build up their tolerance so they won't melt.
 

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The only reason to slowly ramp up the Excel would be if you have Vals, Anacharis or a couple other Glut-sensitive types of plants which I can't think of right now. Excel can melt these plants but you can slowly build up their tolerance so they won't melt.

By this I'm assuming you mean it's ok to just start doubling or tripling, or more your excel dose at once most times?...that is what I did with no ill effects


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By this I'm assuming you mean it's ok to just start doubling or tripling, or more your excel dose at once most times?...that is what I did with no ill effects


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What I'm saying is if you have Excel sensitive plants you might want to start with half the recommended dose for a week or 2??, then up it to full dose for a week or so, then up it again to 1.5 times recommended dose, etc. This might help avoid melting (killing) these plants.

If you don't have any Excel sensitive plants then I guess it would ok to double the recommended dose. ?? Glut is used to kill algae so it could harm plants if you just start off with double or triple dose every day. I personally slowly work my way up rather than going right to overdosing.
 

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...I used the recommended dose, then then 1.5x for a day, then double, then 4x, after I read what hoppy said about how the dose is on the very low end of the safe spectrum, with the intention of slowly building levels up in the tank. I have notice nothing but + effects.


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Glad it worked out for you. I tended to be more cautious since I wasn't sure of all the plants that were sensitive to Glut and didn't want to melt my new plants.
 

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Glad it worked out for you. I tended to be more cautious since I wasn't sure of all the plants that were sensitive to Glut and didn't want to melt my new plants.

Yeah, ignorance can be bliss...or a major pain in the ass! Lol


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