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charcoal question

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by shega, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. shega

    shega Junior Poster

    Nov 12, 2007
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    hello i'm a newbie in planted aquarium
    i have a question about charcoal
    my mother used to plant an orchid on a bag of charcoal (the one that we used for BBQ). she said that it contain carbon and orchid need it.
    does it apply to aquatic plant too?
  2. Gerryd

    Gerryd Plant Guru Team
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    Sep 23, 2007
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    Yes, aquatic plants do in fact need carbon among many other nutrients and trace elements such as nitrate, potassium, iron, etc. Carbon is produced by respiration of all living organisms in the tank such as fish, snails, bacteria, and the plants themselves.

    Additonal c02 can be introduced artificially via Excel (a liquid product) or by c02 gas.

    I would advise against using charcoal as you described as a source of carbon for your tank.

    Hope this helps.

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