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osmocote?

a few years ago I bought some black plastic fertilizer sticks. I pulled them out and the cap comes off the back and they appear to be full of osmocote. Anyone know if thats what this stuff is? my crypts really liked these as they had roots wrapped all around them and id like to refill them if I can.
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anyone? Or has anyone used osmocote in their tank?
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well duh! thanks for the help laura! um, some people just dont weigh all the options huh?
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Chad, I have a couple of unopened bags of 14x14x14 Osmocote.

The only problem is that they are ...50 pounders!
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edwardN does osmocote come in different NPK ratings?
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Osmocote comes in varius NPK ratings - you have 14x14x14; 18x6x12; 19x6x12; 15x9x12, and probably some other. It cost now a small fortune. I have 2 - 50lbs bags at +/- half of the retail price if someone want to break it into small quantities and sell to other fellows in the hobby, or to whoever grows potted/garden plants.

he,he.. I bought it and then I decided that I cannot afford to use it.
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wouldn't osmocote float in water? i've seen a product in ebay that looks like osmocote glued together to be used as fertilizer sticks. i don't know what bonding material they use to make it.


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this helped a bunch. it goes in little plastic perforated sticks you put under crypts, swords, ect..http://www.osmocote.co.za/brochure.pdf

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It is great for plants but it has uric acid in it that can affect fish. Thus it has to be capped and the substrate not moved.
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There are a number of ways to use it, obviously putting it down early in the setup process would be a plus.

I am sure you could wrap it up in clay balls and shove that in the substrate. Gelatin or any other quickly decomposing materials would work also. Just make sure you get it down into the substrate.


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