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Osmocote is it safe?

A few weeks ago I bought some osmocote fertilizer beads from walmart with the intention of using them as root tabs, I have done a lot of research, and it seems like the right thing, but can anyone tell me if they have had issues with it?

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Osmocote Plus has been the fertilizer of choice.
Don't remember the reason behind this though.


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Don't remember the reason behind this though.
Okay! I have it. This week I am going to make my root tabs

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Okay! I have it. This week I am going to make my root tabs
I have never used Osmocote, but I have seen that some prefer to simply insert the individual balls under the substrate with tweezers and not even bother with the gel caps. From what many say, there is no real way to know how fast each element is released into the water column so maybe err on the side of caution? Personally I prefer to column dose as I know exactly how much I am putting in. Many have success with Osmocote. Hopefully more chime in with how they do it.
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Seem to also remember some only using half a gel cap and folding over the top.

I've tried individual balls inserted with tweezers under certain plants.
Can't say that it was any better than just dosing the water column.
Been years since I used the osmocote.
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The other thing to consider is the Osmocote does leave the shell of those little round ball in the substrate have a tendency to find their way back up to the surface :-0

I have bdbs and it looks bad on that black. When I used them I did exacty what you are doing. I still use them occasionally for a new plant that is a root feeder that I want to give a jump start.

I watercolumn dose all the rest of the time



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The other thing to consider is the Osmocote does leave the shell of those little round ball in the substrate have a tendency to find their way back up to the surface :-0

I have bdbs and it looks bad on that black. When I used them I did exacty what you are doing. I still use them occasionally for a new plant that is a root feeder that I want to give a jump start.

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Oh, I plan to use them for my swords and my lilies. I just need a few to keep them growing and give them a boost. So should I bother with the gel caps or not?

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Do you dose the water column? If not would probably help give them a jump start.


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Do you dose the water column? If not would probably help give them a jump start.


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No, I am doing a walstad tank, but I decided to ditch it and use root tabs because it is kinda difficult to maintain

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So shld I just bury the beads, or use the capsules

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It's safest if you make sure it's covered with fine substrate and it's at the bottom surface of the tank. I made the mistake of letting the osmocote get too close to the substrate surface and killed a bunch of Amano shrimp. I don't think I will use it again soon, but will continue to use dirt instead. Next time, if I use it, I'll cover it with sand and go at least 2" of substrate on top of it
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https://www.amazon.com/Clear-Empty-G...2&sr=8-23&th=1

This is what I plan to use as a capsule, I just tried jamming some beads down below one of my crypts and it made a mess

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Donít forget the loose beads in the substrate is what you will have after about30 min in the water when the gel cap dissolves


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Oh, I plan to use them for my swords and my lilies. I just need a few to keep them growing and give them a boost. So should I bother with the gel caps or not?
You can also use regular Jobe's/MiracleGro fert tabs. Go for something with equal N P K like 4-4-4. Cut them into quarters and make sure to shove it down deep about 1/2" from the plant's base.

Flourish Tabs are also excellent for those plants.

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Probably one of the few that will say not to use them, or very sparingly.
In a water environment there is little stopping them from "releasing" fairly rapidly..
They make ones specifically for water environments but NOT available in the US..

bottom line is, not much different than water column dosing..

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