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HC Non-CO2 setup

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by fjf888, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. fjf888

    fjf888 Guru Class Expert

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    I picked up some HC at the local store and want to try it in my 10G non-CO2 injected tank. I do dose excel 2-3x a week.

    I have 30W of CF light (Screw in bulbs), deflectors are crappy but I get good enough light to have pretty steady normal sized growth of Rotala Indica, Bacopa, Crypt Parva and Crypt Wenti.

    The substrate is an inch of miracle grow organic potting soil under a layer of flourite black sand. Based on the very limited information, would HC be viable in this setup if I increased the dosing of Excel. I highly doubt I would be light limited I am more concerned about being CO2 limited.

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  2. Tom Barr

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    I'd dose Excel daily.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  3. Myka

    Myka Prolific Poster

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    My tank is similar to yours in the light and CO2 areas although I can't dose Excel because I have plants that won't tolerate it. My HC lives, but does nothing more than that. It doesn't spread much, grows very slowly, and is stretched out to about 3" tall. I don't know if that helps you much at all...?
     
  4. fjf888

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    Will do, Thanks Tom.

    Myka

    Based on everything I have read here HC requires CO2 to thrive, so chances are if Excel or CO2 are not added it will probably slowly die off. Chances are probably good that even with the Excel dosing it may die off for me as well :)

    I just like to experiment once in awhile and see what happens, if the opportunity comes up. Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised.
     
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