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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Fake Root tabs?


So i just received an order of root tabs from another member and it is the first time I have ever ordered dry ferts like this so before I jump to any conclusions I hope people here can chime in.

The root tabs look like nothing more than just different color pebbles inside gel caps. I took one apart and they feel exactly like pebbles and are not dissolving in a glass of water either. Is this how dry ferts normally act? Or did i get scammed and buy pebbles inside gel capsules?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 10:06 PM
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Sounds like mine, you don't want it to dissolve right away, that's why you only need to add new ones every few months.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 10:34 PM
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can you take a pic and post it?
If it's Osmocote you can squeeze the pebbles and they will squirt out liquid.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 10:38 PM
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lololol. Can you post a pic? I want to see the rocks in gelcaps.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 11:03 PM
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Bing osmocote and see it the pictures look anything like what you have in your gel caps. If you're convinced they're pebbles then boil for a while and or crush them. If they disappear, probably not rocks.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 11:28 PM
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Another way to look at this?
Ferts are really dirt cheap when you buy them in large volumes. Rocks may cost more to get the really small size in a uniform grade. Does not seem like a real good scam to me if it costs more and doesn't look real anyway?
I have a hard time imagining who would spend the time to troll the internet and forums to find a buyer to scam for such a small return.
I'm betting it is real ferts!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-03-2013, 12:05 AM
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Sounds like a different fert, maybe dynamite. Osmocote is small tarnish balls. Dynamite I think(been a while since I've used it) looks like larger irregular rocks, almost like nerds candy.
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