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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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osmocote pot shots, anyone tried them?

so I picked up a thing of osmocote pot shots today. Seems like a much cheaper and easer way of fertilzing. But the point beiing, I'm looking for some feedack and results from people who have used these.
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They work very well I have used them in the past
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should I be fertilzing the water column as well? Or will the leach off from soil fert be enough?
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What kind of plants do you have? If you have mostly root feeders, the osmocote should be enough.

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mostly swords, some pette anubis, java fern, crypts, water sprite. That's about it. Also running a diy co2 reactor with high lighting.
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High lighting? Like how high?

Those plants should be alright with osmocote if they are rooted in the substrate. The java fern and anubias might need some water column ferts if they are attached to hardscape.

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roughly 3.5 wpg for the lighting. Formerly a light for a reef tank with new bulbs. The java fern and anubs are both attached to driftwood. I was using tetra florapride, but didn't seem to do much. Any suggestions for a good liquid fert? Tank size is 55 gal, so hopefully not something that requires masive amounts per dose.
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Hmm. That sounds like a lot of light. Any algae?

I'd recommend some pfertz macros.

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little to no algae. The water sprite takes the brunt of the light and it diffuses into the tank from there. Plants just seem like they're groing kind of slow. Just started the osmocote today though, so I guess I will have to hurry up and wait to see what happens.
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Watts Per Gallon isn't applicable with modern tanks and fixtures. What specific light fixture are you using?

And a note about Osmocote: you'll want to be sure it's Osmocote Plus.
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Osmocote plus is the one i use... it has a different formulation to regular osmocote.

Jobe's Fern & Palm spikes is another oldie but goodie

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I'm running a twin bulb 96 watt pc flourescent. One bulb is a 7500k daylght, the other a 50/50 actinic and 10000k. Haven't seen any negative effects on plants. In fact everything was growing like crazy for awhile, now it's slowed down considerably.
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