Neutro CO2 Liquid Carbon - Medium

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  • Dimensions: 1000ml
  • Model: NLCM
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Description

Neutro CO2 is a liquid source of carbon for the planted aquarium.

For those of you not familiar with it, carbon is essential for all healthy plant growth and can be provided via gas, or liquid. The liquid form is less potent than gas but still very effective. It won't make your plants pearl (this is when you see O2 bubbles coming from the plant) but it will help them grow. Plants that have access to liquid carbon will do far better than those without.

What happens when plants don't have access to carbon?

Tap water has zero carbon in it so if you're not adding any to the water you can safely assume you have no carbon at all. So if you're not dosing it, plants will not photosynthesize as they should. As a result, they stop growing (or show stunted growth) and can't compete with algae for nutrients and the downward spiral begins. If this carbon deficiency continues, plants inadvertently (out of their control) release sugars and other nutrients which attract algae and it's these sugars and nutrients they so desperately need, but just can't hang onto.

It's a bit like vomiting (sounds gross but true). Without carbon, plants lose energy, nutrients, health and well-being. Their colours disappear. The end result? Algae everywhere.

So you can see why it's actually very important to dose carbon and why we recommend that all plants receive a daily dose because, without it, they will always struggle.

So the sooner you dose liquid carbon the better.

Can I double dose if I have algae?

You can - for short periods but no more than double. It's important to understand that if you do have algae, your tank has an imbalance and this isn't just down to carbon, it's other nutrients versus the amount of light you are pumping in.

Can I spot treat?

It is possible to spot treat plants or wood that have algae growing on them. Simply by using a pipette and extracting some Neutro CO2, squirt the carbon onto the plant or wood when it is outside of the water. Wait for 10 seconds then put it back into the water. You can also do this when performing a water change (it's easiest that way). But if you leave liquid carbon on for too long you will kill the plant.

DOSAGE: Add 1ml per 50L every day. It doesn't matter what time of day you dose this product, but it does need to be added every 24 hours.

Bottle sizes: Small = 500ml,  Medium = 1000ml,  Large = 2000ml, XLarge = 4000ml.

This bottle has a cap which measures 10ml. In order to dose you can pour directly into that or use one of our dispensing bottles (which is on the better together promotion on the right hand side of the screen).

 
by Adrian B.
Only recently started to use this product, but I am starting to see an improvement in my plants already. Would definitely recommend it

 
by Norman H.
Completely changed my tank,now all my plants are growing.This has made such a difference, great stuff.

 
Staff

Thanks Norman - liquid carbon is a super product


 
by Allan K.
Ace product, does what I want it to ,wouldn't be without it.

 
by Lee D.
I started using this along with my CO2 and since then the plants have gone mental, I wish I could show you a photo of it now because words don’t do it justice. Would highly recommend using this.

 
by Shaun G.
Not sure what effect this is having as this is my first planted tank. Plants are doing well and no algae to speak of yet so will continue using.

 
by Heidi H.
Bought on recommendation with the fertiliser. Am looking forward to a great aquarium with all the products I’ve bought. Will keep up the correct dosage and water changes, have binned the carbon in my filter. For the first time in 7 years I feel like I’m doing something right! Thank you Aqua Essentials, you are definitely the only place I will use for my aquarium needs.

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Guest
Every time i use Neutro the water goes a litlle bit cloudy. it takes about 24 hours to clear. is this normal? my tank 120L co2 i use 10ml every 24 hours sorry forgot about email paul.coxy1@googlemail.com

 
Staff
You must be using a buffer like RO right. This will create cloudiness with fertilisers with iron.

 
Guest
Hi,do your co2 liquid go out of date? If so when? (1000ml)

 
Staff
No they don't go out I date.

 
Guest
do i need to take any activated carbon out when using this product

 
Staff
In any planted aquarium, activated carbon needs to be removed

 
Guest
Hi, im starting to use the Neutro Co2. But the instructions are fairly vague about using it as an anti algacide. How much should i be dosing for a densly planted 60l aquarium ?

 
Staff
approx 1ml for a 60l tank per day.

 
Guest
Is this product known to affect Vallis in the same way that Flourish Excel does? Thanks you

 
Staff

Yes - all liquid carbons work in the same way


 
Guest
Can you use this product with red cherry shrimps?

 
Staff

yes


 
Guest
Are there any plants or fish that you wouldn't use this product with?

 
Staff

Yes - vallis and riccia


 
Guest
Can I use Neutro T and Neutro CO2 in my 160 litre planted tank. If so, how much of each should I be dosing

 
Staff

Yes. Dosage is in description and on bottle.


 
Guest
Why do I need to remove my carbon from my planted tank if using this.

 
Staff

Because a carbon filter removes everything from the water


 
Guest
I have a fairly heavy planted 180ltr, 4wk old setup using your recommended Neutro T and Neutro CO2 at stated doses. Now green algae, was told not to worry as its a new setup and allow to settle but it’s getting worse. Interested that you’ve mentioned taking out the cabin in the filter. Will this help here? Any advise?

 
Staff

Green algae is definitely something to be concerned about as it shows an imbalance - I'd never say not to worry about it. Unless you change what you're doing your algae will get worse.

Dosage on the bottle is a guide and what you start at, NOT what you stay at. So I would increase Neutro T by 25% immediately. Leave Neutro CO2 dosage as it is because overdosing is generally not recommended.

Are you doing enough water changes? I'd say probably not because algae is already growing. By week 4 you should be doing a 30% water change every 4 days.

I assume you mean carbon in your filter? The best place for carbon is the bin as it's not suitable for planted aquariums - it absorbs all nutrients so what you are putting in isn't getting to the plants. Another reason for algae growing.

Lastly you don't mention lighting. Maximum lighting duration should be 8 hours and if you have algae drop down to 6 and make sure you have lots of algae eating shrimp (Amano shrimp). You need 1 per 5L of water.


 
Guest
Does this product contain Glutaraldehyde and if so is it dangerous to use?

 
Staff

Yes 

not dangerous providing dosed as instructed. On A similar note paracetamol is also dangerous unless taken as recommended. So don’t be concerned - this product is excellent, works to treat and is perfectly safe.


 
Guest
I'm confused about how liquid carbon can help reduce algae. Algae are a form of plant - correct? Carbon makes plants grow so how does it reduce algae?

 
Staff

It skims the top layer of the plant off which is where algae lives. Hence adding too much negatively effects plants.


 
Guest
Does using a CO2 diffuser also have this effect?

 
Staff

nope


 
Guest
Can I blend Neutro CO2 and Neutro T together (at correct ratio's) for a single dosing pump?

 
Staff

Not something we recommend - dose them separately


 
Guest
Will Neutro CO2 affect moss in planted tank?

 
Staff

if dosed correctly then it will only help the growth


 
Guest
Do you need to wear gloves with liquid CO2? I presume it’s ok as nothing mentioned on bottle. When dosing, do you just put in the amount according to tank size? I have a thick layer of substrate and plants which I presume will reduce the volume of water. Thanks for your help.

 
Staff

Gloves are not necessary

Dose according to water volume, not tank volume


 
Guest
When you use liquid CO2 and put your light on in the aquarium, can you feed the fish straight away or do you need the liquid CO2 distributed first.

 
Staff

I'd distribute well before feeding


 
Guest
Is this just simply poured into the top of the aquarium with the correct dosage? Is the same done with the Neutro T fertiliser?

 
Staff

Correct 


 
Guest
I’ve read this has to be dosed daily, if you were to go on holiday for a weekend or a week, will it cause any problems not being administered? Same question for the Neutro T ferliser as they work with each other. Many thanks for your help.

 
Staff

I'd recommend using an auto dose pump if  you can - they're brilliant

https://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/dd-p1-dosing-pump-control-via-your-smart-phone-p-8488.html

The problem with stopping dosing is your plants are geared up with their metabolism running at a specific rate. If you just stop this, the plant all of a sudden receives zero food and carbon and it often doesn't end well. This is why dosing pumps have become very popular - takes the worry away when going on holiday.


 
Guest
I’ve read with interest the above comment. Just to clarify to dose the CO2 and fertiliser I would need 2 pumps plus 2 of the containers to put the different solutions in. I presume these can be set up on 2 different timers to administer the dose every 24 hours or can the CO2 and fertiliser be put in the tank at the same time. Also are they precise enough to only administer 1.5ml CO2? Are they good enough to leave set up constantly or would you only use when going away. Appreciate your advise!

 
Staff

That's correct 1 pump per solution

1 container per solution

Dosing is as little as 0.1ml as they are very versatile for dosing different amounts over 24 hours. You won't regret it.

Set up and leave to dose for you constantly.


 
Guest
Thank you, if I bought 2 pumps and 2 containers, is there anything else needed to get this up and running? Are the instruction clear to understand?

 
Staff

Apart from the fertilisers, the only thing left is downloading the free app

It's really as simple as that


 
Guest
Thanks, I’ve looked for the app on your website and the App Store, please can you tell me where to find it.

 
Staff

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/x1-pump/id1400671862


 
Guest
Is the app relating to the product, I can’t find one on your website. Thanks

 
Staff

https://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/dd-p1-dosing-pump-control-via-your-smart-phone-p-8488.html


 
Guest
I’m using this and dose 4ml for my 200L but my plants are no longer growing so I increased the Neutro T to 20ml and still not noticing a difference. Can I increase the liquid carbon and how much would I does? I’m worried I will harm my fish and shrimp

 
Staff

Don't increase liquid carbon. Increase T and improve circulation 


 
Guest
Are you recommending to use Liquid Carbon as well if you are injecting CO2?

 
Staff

Yes - it certainly helps



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