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Help diy root tabs

I was looking to start making my own root tabs and I was wondering what type of clear little capsels do I need to get?
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Well, first thing I'd like to say is don't do it. Water column fertilizing is all you need, plus, once you add those root tabs, you're stuck with that setup for a few months because you don't want to disturb them.
So that being said, https://www.amazon.com/NOW-Gel-Capsu...Bcapsules&th=1

That's what you're looking for. "00" gelatin caps. Fill them with Osmocote+ or something similar.
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@mgeorges even if you are about to use BDBS but want a nice carpet of MC? I thought some ferts in the substrate was the way to go? I was thinking of doing the DIY taps to start off with then see as needed?
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There isnít a single tank I own without exposed fertilizer granules from uprooting DIY tabs, I would say itís safe to move about, remove exposed ones if you can I guess.

That said, MC doesnít need root tabs, water column is fine.


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00 gel tabs are great. On another note, you will probably have better results with NutriCote over Osmocote plus. Both have minor element packages, but the NutriCote CR fertilizer has a superior coating. You can even get it up to 9 moths of continuous fertilization.

It is labeled as a suitable rice fertilizer in other countries. As a matter of fact, it was designed for submerged applications.

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@mgeorges even if you are about to use BDBS but want a nice carpet of MC? I thought some ferts in the substrate was the way to go? I was thinking of doing the DIY taps to start off with then see as needed?
I think you'll find that your rooted plants will develop a carpet of roots that is so dense that it acts almost as one mat. Once you see that, it becomes pretty clear that feeding roots on root feeders is a good idea. For that matter, roots will often wrap around a CR fertilizer.
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@mgeorges even if you are about to use BDBS but want a nice carpet of MC? I thought some ferts in the substrate was the way to go? I was thinking of doing the DIY taps to start off with then see as needed?
I grow HC in pool filter sand and in Eco-Complete with strictly water column fertilization. I've used root tabs, I find them to be totally unnecessary. I saw no benefits when using them vs. not using them. Also, as you uproot Osmocote+ pellets, if you have shrimp, those fertilizer pellets will begin leaching copper into your water. Not a good deal.
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did anyone mix clay + nutrients with cement or plaster of paris(Gypsum) to make diy root tabs.
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