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I have a couple of questions about root tabs

I have a couple of questions about root tabs:

- how long do they last/how often to put new in?
- currently I have gravel substrate, I want to change to sand in the next couple of months. How long after adding the root tabs should I wait to make the switch?
- should I keep adding liquid ferts? is there a waiting period after adding the root tabs before starting adding liquid ferts?


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The back of the package should tell you when to add another one. I use API Root tabs and that package says to add new ones monthly.

Root tabs are fertilizer for rooted plants - like crypts and swords.

Liquid fertilizers - Seachem Flourish, API Leaf Zone, etc. - are what you use for stem plants and plants with rhizomes that are attached to driftwood or rocks, because those plants take in nutrients from the water column.

So whether you use one or the other or both depends on what plants you have in the tank.
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for the root tabs, it's usually around 2-3 months when you change them. i use diy osmocote gel caps. it's much cheaper then buying root tabs from store.

adding ferts to the water is always good, you can start adding right away. again it's cheaper if you go diy way, buy dry ferts online and the make liquid ferts or you can add them directly in the water

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Most dry fert systems I've seen involved shooting the pellets into the substrate with an applicator.
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Most dry fert systems I've seen involved shooting the pellets into the substrate with an applicator.
regular forceps will do...just take the capsule and push it into the substrate, sometimes just fingers are ok.

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