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Looking to spot feed a couple Apongetons as I will be planting them in my 93g cube and have Flourite Black for the substrate. Might do a little water column dosing for the Anubias sp. but the Apons will probably need an extra boost.

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Good question and I hope those with experience will provide their opinions. I used the osmocote filled capsules in the past but I disliked having the balls exposed when I uprooted a plant and it was a pita trying to remove them. I also probably used too much which was a detriment to both my fish and plants. I have just started using the clay filled capsules although I am not sure of the nutrient concentrations or if it can actually be determined given it contains red clay and mineralized soil. Maybe someone can answer the question if in the future I re-did a section of my tank and after pulling out the plants a deep gravel clean would remove the red clay and soil.
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I've used the flourish, API and osmocote+ capsules and found them all to be of equal quality. Osmocote in capsules is the most economical (spent $20 for prob ten years worth) but the down side is the little pellets coming up if you pull a bunch of plants. You can easily tweeze them out but it could be a pain. Keep in mind that the nutrients will also leak into the water column for the anubias as well. Just depends on your light/co2 to warrant column dosing.


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I've used the flourish, API and osmocote+ capsules and found them all to be of equal quality. Osmocote in capsules is the most economical (spent $20 for prob ten years worth) but the down side is the little pellets coming up if you pull a bunch of plants. You can easily tweeze them out but it could be a pain. Keep in mind that the nutrients will also leak into the water column for the anubias as well. Just depends on your light/co2 to warrant column dosing.


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Low light no CO2 at this time, though that could change I don't really plan on making this too high tech

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O+ Is my suggestion. I give them away from time to time and you can always find someone selling them. I bought a bulk order of 00 gel capsules and some O+ at the hardware store. Works pretty well from what I've seen. Definitely the most economical.


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Osmocote "Pot Shots" for me, unless I already used pellet's as part of substrate mix.
They have I believe discontinued the Osmocote "Pot Shot's" but you can still find them on Flea bay/Amazon.
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