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Old 03-23-2010, 09:09 AM   #11
 
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I really really hope things are looking up for you/ your tank this AM for a change!?
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:55 AM   #12
 
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I'm so sorry :(

Also, I'm guessing this is a dumb question, but what went wrong here? I'm not familiar with excel or its proper usage, though it's been recommended to me to treat fungus.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:42 AM   #13
 
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I'm so sorry :(

Also, I'm guessing this is a dumb question, but what went wrong here? I'm not familiar with excel or its proper usage, though it's been recommended to me to treat fungus.
its been used at 5x its recommended dose to treat algae outbreaks. I spot treat with it, and by not keeping track of how much total i used, i went way over the 5x mark.


Thanks everyone :) I grabbed myself a 3" purple flower horn, a 4.5" common pleco (hes no royal, but dr phil will do just fine :) personable little guy) and a salvini. Yesterday I got myself a TINY 1.5" jack dempsey... that friggin guy is CUTE! he will have to grow out in the 55 though.

the salvini and the flowerhorn dont look incredible despite daily 20% water changes and the occasional dose of prime. they dont look death bed, but they are just lethargic... my surviving firemouth i think was a poor indicator of the tanks readiness lol we are getting there though.

let me tell yall its WEIRD looking over and not seeing a flurry of activity all about the tank. soon!
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:16 PM   #14
 
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im glad you were able to get some new fish...lesson learned. i always TRY to pay close attention to how much excel i add to my tank, but sometimes i forget if i was on # 3 or 4...i wont anymore hearing about your loss
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:23 PM   #15
 
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I'm so sorry :(

Also, I'm guessing this is a dumb question, but what went wrong here? I'm not familiar with excel or its proper usage, though it's been recommended to me to treat fungus.
I've not heard of Excel for fungus issues. Excel is a carbon supplement for planted aquaria.

Carbon occurs normally as CO2 (carbon dioxide) which is produced through respioration by fish and plants and from biological actions in the substrate as organics are broken down, etc. Plants require carbon in order to grow, and in most aquaria there is sufficient CO2 to balance the light and other macro- and micro-nutrients. Some aquarists feel they need to add carbon either as CO2 (diffussion) or liquid (Excel). I do not recommend either in a natural balanced system.

The success of a planted aquarium, meaning healthy plants and healthy fishes, requires the biological equilibrium to be maintained in a balanced state. After the initial few weeks, this occurs naturally, provided it is not continually being affected by adding this or that. Using Excel establishes a different balance level, and this means the other aspects (light, nutrients) have to be adjusted accordingly. It is far safer, as beetlebz has demonstrated, not to meddle and let the natural balance settle itself.

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Old 03-25-2010, 11:36 PM   #16
 
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the only reason i use excel for this tank still is because it isnt planted, just trying to kill the BB algae. Well, USED to use excel is a better way of putting it.
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:50 PM   #17
 
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sorry for the loss bbz.
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