- Bioavailable organic carbon source for the planted aquarium.
- Use as an alternative to CO2 injection or in addition to it.
- Introduces photosynthetic intermediates.
Flourish Excel is a great source of bio-available organic carbon for planted
aquariums. All plants require a source of carbon. This is typically obtained from
CO2. However, it may also be derived from simple organic compounds (such as
photosynthetic intermediates). You can derive a substantial benefit with the use of
Flourish Excel either alone or in conjunction with CO2 . The combination is
especially ideal for situations when continuing to add CO2 could result in
dangerously low pH levels. Flourish Excel also has iron reducing properties. That
promotes the ferrous state of iron (Fe+2), which is more easily utilized by plants
than ferric iron (Fe+3).
The reason plants need CO2 is to produce longer chains of carbon compounds also
known as photosynthetic intermediates. Photosynthetic intermediates includes
compounds including: ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate, and 2-carboxy-3-keto-D-arabinitol
1,5 bisphosphate. Although the names are complicated, the structures are pretty
simple (five carbon chains). Flourish Excel does not contain these specific
compounds, but one that is very similar. By dosing with Flourish Excel you bypass
the involvement of CO2 and introduce the already finished compounds that are
structurally similar. Its structural similarity allows Flourish Excel to be utilized
in the carbon chain building process of photosynthesis. Simple chemical or enzymatic
steps can convert it to any one of the above named compounds (or a variety of
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SeaChem Flourish Excel Liquid Carbon Plant Supplement 3.4oz