| | Re: glutaraldehyde instead of excel
I don't think that happens very quickly, since gluteraldehyde is diluted with water. If all of it turned into CO2 then the solution wouldn't be active for 28 days like it says on their bottle since it would all be CO2.
I think that is only one of the reactions that takes place with gluteraldehyde when it is added to water. But in the presence of other chemicals like KNO3 or NH3/NH4, I would bet that it can react to form different products. Perhaps gluteraldehyde is providing several nutrients to the plants at the same time. What do you think?