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  1. Ok so was hoping I could hear other people's views and experiences again. Specifically with seachem flourish excel (Aquarium Co-op has their version, easy carbon? Can't get it in the UK yet though). So I've been reading about Seachem Excel and was considering giving it a go to help inhibit algae (then after hopefully keeping it in check with algae eaters) and give plants a boost to get them well established (not necessarily long term use, I don't want literally zero algae). I know there are opposing opinions on if the product works, if it works how it they say it does, is it safe and is it even what they claim it is (or more specifically, what they claim it isn't) etc. Despite that, it's obviously a good selling product and lots of people swear by it and claim they saw immediate results etc so however it does works it seems worth trying at least. Lots of reports of good results with algae and plant growth even when under dosing and not spot treating. My first concern however is safety, is it safe for my community fish and shrimp and snails? (Specifically neon tetras, endlers, corydoras, otocinclus, honey gouramis, cherry shrimp and nerite snails). They claim it is if you follow the dosing instructions but was hoping to hear people's experiences. Secondly, if it inhibits algae and at higher doses is a disinfectant even - does this mean it would theoretically kill/inhibit bacteria and other microorganisms as well? Obviously it isn't killing off people's nitrifying bacteria or everyone would be reporting crashed cycles, but what about the other good bacteria etc that makes the tasty biofilm for the tanks inhabitants to eat? Anyway thanks for reading if you got this far, hopefully can hear a few people's experiences and knowledge and get a discussion going 🙂
  2. I’m very tempted to grab some Easy Carbon but my main problem is hair algae. Long, green strands of algae, no branching. Has anyone used Easy Carbon specifically for hair algae? What’s your experience? This is a tank where I’m open to keeping shrimp, but I’m trying to avoid snails because it’s a breeding tank for medaka and I don’t want the snails to eat the eggs. And while you’re here… does it work against green spot algae? Brown diatom algae? 😄 Thanks in advance!
  3. I'm currently following the dosing directions on the Excel bottle but it's not doing much to my staghorn unless I spot treat with an entire dose (1ml/10gallon ). Can I go higher? The bottle says do not over dose but I'm wondering what others do? I'm not too worried about killing my val because I'm pretty angry at it. And yes I take plant behavior personally.
  4. My tank is super stable in terms of parameters and all fish are thriving, but this algae is beginning to be a bit much for me to look at. I also find it hard to efficiently remove manually. Has anyone had any luck using the liquid CO2 additives? I prefer not to add too many chemicals in general, but would love to cure this overgrowth!
  5. So is easy carbon just a algae control product? What does it do for planted tanks besides control algae? Does it supply CO2 in any form that might help plants?
  6. So I’ve gotten some easy carbon, but I was wondering how to use it to treat my black beard algae on my plants, Zoe’s bio filter, etc.
  7. I know that Easy Carbon says it is safe for fish, snails and shrimp, but is it safe for frogs?
  8. I'm looking for something to combat the green hair algae in my tank. I know on the site it says that Easy Carbon is safe for snails, shrimp and shrimp. Is it safe for frogs? Thanks
  9. Effects of dosing all in one, carbon, and iron at same time. I have been doing 3 different intervals starting after water change
  10. My monte carlo has finally begun to adapt after probably a month or more and I'm seeing some clusters of new growth but all around it and on it I have a hazy layer of green hair algae that's pearling 😠 . The non-carpet zones I've been able to gravel vac and the tumbling has kept different sides of the substrate exposed to light so the green hair is less bad there. At times I've even picked at my substrate removing one pebble at a time with tweezers and replacing it with a fresh pebble from the bag, but it turns out that's not a sustainable strategy. I'd like to give my MC a leg up so it can really get the light it needs, so I'm considering an algaeside like easy carbon. I've mentioned in other posts that I had my first berried shrimp drop her eggs and was bummed out about it, so now I'm extra paranoid. Would easy carbon hurt my shrimp's eggs or their desire to carry them?
  11. I take care of two tanks for my elderly parents. My dad needs slot of help to remember to do things. Right now I put the Easy Green and Easy Carbon in pre-metered vials (one vial for each per day) in a tray labeled for each day. This works well for the large tank but not for the nano tank. The vials are so big he can never tell if he used them or not with the small amount of liquid in them. Can I pre-mix the easy green and easy carbon in a large vial of water? I am looking at like 1ml of each with 10ml of water. This will make sure he keeps up with the doses.
  12. Have any of you used a algae control like Fritz Algae Clean Out? I noticed co-op doesn't sell anything like this....maybe for a reason....??
  13. I really want to get a great planted tank but I can't seem to be able to feed my plans without feeding algae. I wouldn't mind the algae but it grows on the plans and suffocates them. My lights are on timers and I'm adding flourish liquid fertilizer and root tabs. I've been trying to keep NO3 around 20 to 30 ppm and I've been pretty successful. My lights are on a timer and go on and off so they're on 8 of 12 hours (two separate two hour breaks in the day) I started using some gluteraldrahyde (the ingredient in easy carbon) to stop the algae and it's slowly killing it back but I'm afraid 1) it's harming the thin leaf plants 2) as soon as I reduce the dose I'm going right back to growing more algae. What should my next steps be?
  14. I’m thinking of trying some carbon to help get rid of some BBA, but my vals are doing great, getting tall and putting out little shoots. The tank is maintaining good parameters; it’s a newish 20g. I read that carbon isn’t good for vals, so I’d appreciate ideas. Thanks!
  15. i was going to order easy carbon to control the algae growth as a precautionary measure, but i have plants link java moss, Vallisneria and Anachris. if i apply easy carbon on 55 gallon and 40 gallon tank will it be suicidal to the plants. any experiences with same kind of plants.. please advice
  16. Im thinking about doing a half a dose more of easy carbon in my tank to eradicate my gsa and my staghorn algae but im worried its going to kill my chrismas moss bridge. What do you guys think?
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