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if I remove the bagged carbon from my canister filters then what should I
put in there?


I would use one of the inert media sold for filters, that are meant to grow
bacteria colonies. Ceramic rings, bio-balls, pieces of sponge, etc. You can
also buy various sizes of mesh bag to put it in, if your filter requires it.
(Personally, I have an Eheim, and I use their media -- ceramic rings on the
first layer, a gravel-looking media on the others. My other tank has an
Aquaclear, and I two foam inserts, instead of the foam, carbon bag, and
ammonia-removing bag it comes with.)

If you replace the carbon, do it gradually, one bag at a time. Part of your
biological filter may be living in the carbon.

Also it seems that when I add fertalizer I get VERy rapid
algae grown, like the rough green stuff shows up on my glass overnight
almost.


You may not have this problem with a more complete fertlizer, like TMG.
FloraPride has only potassium and iron. If your plants don't have all the
nutrients they need, they can't make use of the FloraPride, and the algae will.



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Default Flourish Excel as carbon source

if I remove the bagged carbon from my canister filters then what should I
put in there?


I would use one of the inert media sold for filters, that are meant to grow
bacteria colonies. Ceramic rings, bio-balls, pieces of sponge, etc. You can
also buy various sizes of mesh bag to put it in, if your filter requires it.
(Personally, I have an Eheim, and I use their media -- ceramic rings on the
first layer, a gravel-looking media on the others. My other tank has an
Aquaclear, and I two foam inserts, instead of the foam, carbon bag, and
ammonia-removing bag it comes with.)

If you replace the carbon, do it gradually, one bag at a time. Part of your
biological filter may be living in the carbon.

Also it seems that when I add fertalizer I get VERy rapid
algae grown, like the rough green stuff shows up on my glass overnight
almost.


You may not have this problem with a more complete fertlizer, like TMG.
FloraPride has only potassium and iron. If your plants don't have all the
nutrients they need, they can't make use of the FloraPride, and the algae will.



Leigh

http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender/halloween/881/
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I have had wonderful results using this product. If you like it i
suggest purchasing the 2 liter bottle since it needs to be used daily.

PH change none
Only problem I had it it always APPEARED to kill my anacharis I have
tried 3 seperate setups and it the plant does fine untill I add that.
I have pearling in high lighting setups using it that is comparabel
with co2.

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On Thu, 27 Feb 2003 10:07:15 -0500, "Henry"
wrote:

I am thinking of using Flourish Excel as a carbon source for my planted tank
and have a few questions:

1) Will it cause PH fluctuations (like CO2 injection) ?
2) Other than PH, will it alter my water chemistry ?
3) Are there any issues with it that I should be aware of ?
4) Based on anyone who has tried it, how effective is it ?

I will be using it (if I decide to go ahead with it) in a 30 gal tank with
60 watts of light. As a plant base I have a 50/50 mix of gravel and
Fluorite. I use the other Flourish products to take care of my trace element
needs. I do a bout 25% water changes weekly.

Thanks for any help.






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