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HC and Excel

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by filipem, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. filipem

    filipem Prolific Poster

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    I have read on this forum that HC can be kept without CO2 by dosing with excel. Has anyone here had success keeping HC like this? I would like to have this plant in my next tank but I do not want a high tech setup. I don't really care how long it will take to fill in but I need some advice so that I do it right from the start. This will be my first time keeping this plant.

    Thanks,
     
  2. Tom Barr

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    Yes it works fine, you need to use less light than many seem to think they need.
    2 w/gal works pretty well.

    Try using ADA AS and the Excel and ought to do okay.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    filipem Prolific Poster

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    Thanks Tom I am looking forword to trying this method.

    I was thinking of covering the top of the tank by using strech wrap to help keep the tank humid. Will that work or is there a better way?
     
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    sounds like you're going to use the dry startup method (emersed). if that's the case, you don't need excel. but you will need it after you fill the tank.
     
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    filipem Prolific Poster

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    Yes, sorry I should have made that more clear. So will strech wrap work?
     
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    when growing HC emersed, is it really necessary to place a lid or cover on top of the tank?
    also, i wanted to ask your knowhow guys.
    what are the factors that affect the HC growing tall and skinny rather than creeping on the substrate?
     
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    I put a lid on mine but make sure to keep an eye on the temp inside the tank depending on what type of lighting you are using. I made the mistake of putting a metal halide a few feet above it and the temps were well over 100 in a few hours. Also make sure you dont have any prolonged periods of no light, all my hc melted when the light accidentally was unplugged for a few days.
     
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    wow.. thats some valuable info..
    i tried some emersed in plastic containers and placed it under the sun, and they do dry out so quickly that i can't keep up moisting them
    well i could if that is my full time job which is not the case as of the moment hehehe=)
     
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