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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-26-2013, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Question stick ferts

Hi all i was wondering if i could use miracle grow plant sticks in my tank to replace root tabs. Any comments?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-26-2013, 02:27 AM
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I wouldn't try it just because most garden variety fert sticks contain commercial grade fertilizers that aquatic plants aren't able to use, and may damage your tank.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-26-2013, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Oh ok thanks ivejust been trying to.find alternate to root tabs and liquid ferts.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-26-2013, 07:03 PM
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A friend uses:
Jobes plant spikes for ferns.
1/3 of a stick near or under (bury it deep) each medium sized plant.
I do not know if there is a maximum quantity per tank, but I do know they last a long time. Several months.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-27-2013, 06:32 PM
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I've used them and found only small problems that might be different for you. I found that I wanted to do a bit more selective ferts which can't be done with prepared items. Second was the larger problem but due to my tank specifics.
I was using them in a tank full of African cichlids as I first went into trying them with plants. I was in the early learning stages of how to deal with digging and found the mbuna were a problem as they dug into the areas where the sticks were hidden. The sticks would be stirred up and the stuff that is used to make the sticks stay together would be left laying and floating around the tank. It made more mess than I wanted but then if you don't have somebody to dig them up, it would be different.
I found nothing dangerous to prohibit their use.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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So i would use the jobes sticks around 1/3 of a stick per plant. Sure would save me alot of money thanks yall for the help my substrate is about four to five inches deep.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 05:19 AM
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I have been using the Jobe plant spikes for around 8 months with no problems. I put a lot of them in too. I cut each stick into three pieces and just push them as deep into the substrate as I can get them. I put 4 or 5 pieces around my amazon sword and then just push them in all around plants I know are root feeders. Occasionally my mollies will dig one up or I will uncover one when tending to plants. So far no problems. One of my mollies ate some a few months ago and she is still going strong. I saw a few shrimp trying to eat some today that I un earthed when I was changing things around. Haven't found any dead shrimp yet. All of my plants are growing great. I just recently had to give away an amazon sword that had gotten huge after I started using the spikes.
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