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Old 06-07-2013, 12:01 AM   #31
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I am using the regular osmocote with 14,14,14. I see no issues with it whatsoever. And I add A LOT of them too. I see no spike in ph or ammonia levels. I dose the water column with trace too.
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:23 AM   #32
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Why the 3-4 month? Just because it dissolves quicker?

The 5-6 month is free shipping, is that one fine?
Sorry, yeah, thats the one I got, 5-6 mos.

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Old 06-07-2013, 04:32 AM   #33
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I've been using Osmocote Smart-Release pellets (19-6-12) for a while now with my emersed and low-tech setups. It work's great and all I have to do is dose micros ever so often.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:52 AM   #34
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My dad is an ornamental fertilizer rep (think large scale wholesale) and a certified crop adviser. He recommends Dynamite brand slow release fertilizer over Osmocote. He claims that Dynamite has a far superior bonding agent and it releases at a more uniform rate than Osmocote. That can be pretty important if you're looking out for an ammonia spike. I'll give it a try as soon as my current Osmocote tabs run out.
Exactly!! Just what I was going to say. Now that Osmocote Plus is gone everyone should look into Dynamite plant food. The red container is more or less what an aquarist will want.
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Dynamite contains 0.47 %urea nitrogen is it safe to use?

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It is fine.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:55 AM   #36
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Here's a link showing the guaranteed analysis of the Dynamite all purpose select

http://agr.wa.gov/pestfert/fertilize...spx?pname=2876
I think the red container would be better. 13-13-13.
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Why the 3-4 month? Just because it dissolves quicker?

The 5-6 month is free shipping, is that one fine?
The 6 month ones only last for 4 months in 76-80 degree water. On the Scott's website it actually showed a graph with soil and water temperatures.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:59 AM   #38
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When and why did Osmocote stop selling Plus?
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Since osmocote plus is only being sold in the 50lb+ bags, I think I'll stick to using Azomite as a replacement of osmocote plus. Here's Azomoites analysis





I've been using Azomite for over a year now in my cichlid tank to make them healthier, resist parasites/disease, and so far it's worked. I used to use it my old planted 55 gallon tank, and the plants doubled their growth in a couple of weeks. Just beware too much Azomite will kill your plants, I only used 1/2 a teaspoon every month in my 55 gallon tank, and I loved the effects of it.
I wouldn't use that stuff. It is mined in Utah and really not suitable for prolonged contact with human skin. 12ppm is really high for copper and the heavy metal count is way to high for prolonged exposure. I don't care what anyone says on this forum, don't use it.
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I wouldn't use that stuff. It is mined in Utah and really not suitable for prolonged contact with human skin. 12ppm is really high for copper and the heavy metal count is way to high for prolonged exposure. I don't care what anyone says on this forum, don't use it.

I've used it in my shrimp tanks, and had no issues because of the "amount" of copper. The fact that it's close to 30 million years old, and is used in fish farms, shrimp farms, and the fact that some people actually use it in homemade vitamin capsules was proof enough for me that is has no harmful effects.

I've had it on my skin with no issues, and because it's proven to help fish, and farm animals to build strong immune systems to fight off infections, and diseases.
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Seems I don't use the Plus. Good to know.
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Dynamite contains 0.47 %urea nitrogen is it safe to use?

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Actually Dynamite uses ammoniacal and nitrate nitrogen instead of urea.

http://www.dynamiteplantfood.com/beyondorganic.html
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I ended up just getting a 50lb bag of the Osmocote Plus (O+)

If anyone wants to buy just alittle bit of it, Let me know I can sell you some.
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When and why did Osmocote stop selling Plus?

They didn't stop selling it but only make it available for large, commercial usages. Meaning, large volume portions.
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They didn't stop selling it but only make it available for large, commercial usages. Meaning, large volume portions.
They stopped making it all together, the only reason that the large bags are available is because not as many people purchased them so they're in stock everywhere.

In a few years O+ will be gone forever unless Scotts decides to bring it back.
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