Help. Liquid Carbon.

Helpfish
  • #1
Basically I got a new cycled 30 gallon. I have 5 plants and a moss ball in there as of right now and three of them are known to be fast growers.
Anyways, my first plants that I put in there at the start of the cycle basically diedead:
I suspect lack of CO2 and light to be a cause. Right now I’m dosing the tank with Fluorish Excel liquid form every other day. Is that enough?
 
Rok55
  • #2
C02 is not really required for most plants, but rather the correct combination of light vs fertilizer. Dosing just Excel or any other form of liquid carbon is not the answer. Seachem Flourish or equivalent is needed to provide the Macros, then a source of Micros, then carbon to help nutrient uptake and help control some algae. Check the spectrum and intensity of the light you have and compare that to readily available info on the plants you have.
 
-Mak-
  • #3
What light and fertilizer (if any) do you have?
Excel isn't nearly as effective as actual CO2, also really controversial over its toxicity and cell altering properties. Personally I only use it to kill algae, I can't really see much improvement carbon-wise when using it.
 
Helpfish
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
What light and fertilizer (if any) do you have?
Excel isn't nearly as effective as actual CO2, also really controversial over its toxicity and cell altering properties. Personally I only use it to kill algae, I can't really see much improvement carbon-wise when using it.
C02 is not really required for most plants, but rather the correct combination of light vs fertilizer. Dosing just Excel or any other form of liquid carbon is not the answer. Seachem Flourish or equivalent is needed to provide the Macros, then a source of Micros, then carbon to help nutrient uptake and help control some algae. Check the spectrum and intensity of the light you have and compare that to readily available info on the plants you have.

I have root tabs in the substrate right now and I’m planing on get the leaf growth fertilizer bottle also from API in about a weak or so. Other than the carbon there’s nothing else in the for the plants.
The light cover the whole width of my tank and half the depth. It says JCAQUA on the top.
 
-Mak-
  • #5
I have root tabs in the substrate right now and I’m planing on get the leaf growth fertilizer bottle also from API in about a weak or so. Other than the carbon there’s nothing else in the for the plants.
The light cover the whole width of my tank and half the depth. It says JCAQUA on the top.
API Leaf zone? I wouldn't recommend it, it only contains 2 nutrients, potassium and iron. Since you have some fast growing plants and you're in Canada, I recommend this:

Is the light a bracket LED?
 
Helpfish
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  • #6
API Leaf zone? I wouldn't recommend it, it only contains 2 nutrients, potassium and iron. Since you have some fast growing plants and you're in Canada, I recommend this:

Is the light a bracket LED?
Ooooooo thank you. I saw that fertilizer at my LFS ( It’s the same one that the link leads to )
And yes, I use a led bracket.

So should I stop using the liquid carbon?
 
Helpfish
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  • #7
-Mak-

The tropica specialised fertilizer has nitrate in it. Isn’t that’s bad?
 
-Mak-
  • #8
Ooooooo thank you. I saw that fertilizer at my LFS ( It’s the same one that the link leads to )
And yes, I use a led bracket.

So should I stop using the liquid carbon?
You don't have to stop, it helps a little and keeps algae down a bit
-Mak-

The tropica specialised fertilizer has nitrate in it. Isn’t that’s bad?
No, nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients for plants.
 

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