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Would you say Helenthium Quadricostatus needs root tabs, or would it be fine without? Sources don't say what ferts it may require
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Would you say Helenthium Quadricostatus needs root tabs, or would it be fine without? Sources don't say what ferts it may require
The answer depends on what other fertilization you are doing. Not adding any ferts? Then ya, you need root tabs. Fertilizing EI in a high tech tank? Probably not needed, but some find it helpful. I'm of the opinion that I always want some nutrients in my substrate be it aquasoil or root tabs and then I add ferts to the water column as well. Currently just doing aquasoil capped by sand and all in one ferts once a week. This has worked for me, but your experiences with your water parameters/light/plants may differ.



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Would you say Helenthium Quadricostatus needs root tabs, or would it be fine without? Sources don't say what ferts it may require
The answer depends on what other fertilization you are doing. Not adding any ferts? Then ya, you need root tabs. Fertilizing EI in a high tech tank? Probably not needed, but some find it helpful. I'm of the opinion that I always want some nutrients in my substrate be it aquasoil or root tabs and then I add ferts to the water column as well. Currently just doing aquasoil capped by sand and all in one ferts once a week. This has worked for me, but your experiences with your water parameters/light/plants may differ.
Low light, no liquid ferts but root tabs used for my swords and vals in same tank, but I can dose Thrive S instead if thats enough?
Play sand for substrate. No C02.
So very low tech setup
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Low light, no liquid ferts but root tabs used for my swords and vals in same tank, but I can dose Thrive S instead if thats enough?
Play sand for substrate. No C02.
So very low tech setup
There isn't an aquatic plant that I've found that REQUIRES root tabs not even the so-called heavy root feeders like Swords and Crypts this is pretty much a myth as all plants will take nutrients from the water column. With that being said root tabs can supply nutrients either by themselves or if the water column dosing is lacking.


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Low light, no liquid ferts but root tabs used for my swords and vals in same tank, but I can dose Thrive S instead if thats enough?
Play sand for substrate. No C02.
So very low tech setup
I would definitely use thrive. If you also want to do root tabs it won't hurt anything so long as your substrate is at least 1 to 2 inches above the root tab.



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Awesome thanks! I'll try using only Thrive and see how I like the results then
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