03-25-2010, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by SilersAngryMeow
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.