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Okay, so I know that I'm new to this and all, but I just read through this thread from begining to end and I'm not sure if I should use Osmocote+ as I was planning on doing, or if I should go with another fert like flourish tabs. Any advice?
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IMO osmocote is fine - just don't overload it. I used a liberal amount of it under my substrate when I set up my tank (I think burr did the same thing) and things are fine right now.

I also use the pellets and push them in one by one - don't bother with the gel cap root tabs IMO. They will just tend to float up and try to get out of your substrate.


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IMO osmocote is fine - just don't overload it. I used a liberal amount of it under my substrate when I set up my tank (I think burr did the same thing) and things are fine right now.
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don't bother with the gel cap root tabs IMO. They will just tend to float up and try to get out of your substrate.
On this I'll have to disagree. I use them in gel caps and don't have that problem. Just got to make sure you push them in deep.


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Depended on the substrate... I had eco complete that barely held the caps down but BDBS had no problem. Still don't see why pushing in the individual balls isn't the standard way of using osmocote at root tabs


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IMO osmocote is fine - just don't overload it. I used a liberal amount of it under my substrate when I set up my tank (I think burr did the same thing) and things are fine right now.

I also use the pellets and push them in one by one - don't bother with the gel cap root tabs IMO. They will just tend to float up and try to get out of your substrate.
How much is too much? I'm about to put some gelcaps in my 38-gallon -- 12x36 footprint, pretty heavily planted.
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How much is too much? I'm about to put some gelcaps in my 38-gallon -- 12x36 footprint, pretty heavily planted.
If your using gel caps press them in under your heavy root feeders.


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If your using gel caps press them in under your heavy root feeders.
Okay. I've read that swords are heavy root feeders. Does that include micro sword (Lilaeopsis brasiliensis) and narrow leaf chain sword (Echinoderms tennellus)? How about chilensis, ludwigia, wisteria, rotala indica, myrio green, or moneywort? Is there a rule of thumb to follow for which tend to feed more through their roots? (I'm guessing the stem plants are lighter root feeders...)
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Some root tabs have ammonium in it which is a toxic if it gets into your water column. Seachem don't have it in their root tabs.
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Okay. I've read that swords are heavy root feeders. Does that include micro sword (Lilaeopsis brasiliensis) and narrow leaf chain sword (Echinoderms tennellus)? How about chilensis, ludwigia, wisteria, rotala indica, myrio green, or moneywort? Is there a rule of thumb to follow for which tend to feed more through their roots? (I'm guessing the stem plants are lighter root feeders...)
Most stems that I'm aware of are water column feeders and just use their roots as anchorage. The swords for sure are heavy root feeders, crypts are as well, I would also assume micro swords. You could always start a new thread and ask how best to provide nutrients for your specific plants, some of yours I recognize, others not so much, I'm most familiar with those I keep and I learn about any new ones I get as I get them, but can't never remember names. There's also the plant profiles data base on this site, the link can be found on the very top navigation bar on any of this sites page.
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True story. I had some issues in my 10g with Osmocote (not buried deep enough), sand, and trumpet snails.

But...I've never tested anything as extreme as you. Are you sure there weren't other factors? Is this a new tank?

Still love the stuff though. I put it below 1" of peat and 2" of Flourite in my 40g and it is working out great. Shrimp and otos happy, healthy.
did ur trumpet snails die?
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I am going to use one capsule of osmocote, I have ramshorn snails, I plan to bury it deep under my sword plant. Any ideas that it might kill off the snails? I'd hate for that to happen

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I am going to use one capsule of osmocote, I have ramshorn snails, I plan to bury it deep under my sword plant. Any ideas that it might kill off the snails? I'd hate for that to happen
Its never killed mine


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