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Old 04-01-2013, 05:38 AM   #1
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DIY root tabs or commercial root tabs


What are some personal preferences?

Home made root tabs or the good old searchem tabs?
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:41 AM   #2
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I have had great results with home made tabs, osmocote.

Then look at the price!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:38 AM   #3
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I have AquaFertz from aquariumplants.com. I use the Total, Trace and Iron for my red cobamba and for getting my ammannia senegalensis to go from green to red and also for my red tiger lotus although I cant seem to keep the bulbs in the substrate. All seems to be working OK though it doesn't help when I plant too deep for certain plants - the stems still rot below whatever level a particular plant likes to root even if the roots are good.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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I have found both work fine. However, if using osmocote, you get some in the substrate. Both commercial ones and ones I have made using dry ferts using gel caps dissolve all the way. The main downside about commercial ones is cost. The main advantage of DIY is customization of the type of ferts.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:03 PM   #5
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I use osmocote plus. Cheap and easy plus it'll last years

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So besides the cost. DIY tabs are Better do to the customization aspect
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:33 PM   #7
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Yea that too. Although i don't personally customize mine.

Cost is number one for me. API sells like ten tabs for ten bucks and those are all gone at the end of the day. Where if you bought osmocote plus you'll get hundreds and hundreds of diy tabs.

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Old 04-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #8
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I use Osmocote"Pot shot's" found at garden center along with dry fertz.
They look like thimble, and I place one under sword plant's or crypt's and replace every three or four month's.
Not recommended for those who uproot plant's frequently for this allow's the tiny prill's to wander about on the substrate.
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