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Old 03-22-2006, 12:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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So the Excel wasn't helping defeat your algae, or it cured it, and then you stuck in the Rea Sea 200 Reactor?

Or was the introduction of DIY CO2 the reason why you killed the algae?

Just curious, and happy that things are perking up.

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Actually;

I completed broke down the tank, scrubbed it out, replaced the old old black gravel with my first try at Flourite and dropped in the Hagen reactor/Red Sea diffuser combo instead of dosing Excel. I was away on a trip for 4 days and when I came back, I had the worst case of green water I've ever seen. Should have taken pics to start a journal.

No dosing yet. Tank's a bit cloudy like new tank syndrome. No great growth to speak of yet but the noticeable deterioration/die-off has stopped. Hoping to turn the corner on growth in the next day or two.

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Ah Okay, I get it now. Definately post a journal. All this talk about your troubles and your tank makes me want to watch it progress.

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How do you like the Red Sea diffusor? Does it work well with DIY c02?
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Q: Is it better to add Flourish Excel at night or in the morning based upon plant carbon uptake physiology?
A: Carbon intake is a function of photosynthesis. Based on this, it would be ideal to dose Flourish Excel during the day. But given that Flourish Excel can stay complexed as a carbon source for up to 24 hours before it dissipates, you can dose at any time of the day and the product will be available for the next 24 hours. Flourish Excel is not carbon dioxide and there is no impact on pH using Flourish Excel.
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Excel is only available for 24 hours.....>so it needs to be dosed daily.
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I like the diffuser.

I've got it hooked up to a Hagen CO2 Natural Plant System reactor. I took off the ladder and added the Red Sea. I put the diffuser directly under the output for the nano filter. CO2 mist started out sporadic as the yeast built up but now I have a steady continuous mist that rises until it hits the filter outflow and then dissipates throughout the tank.

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