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What are your favorite DIY substrate ferts ?

Well I want to roll my own substrate fert tabs/caps.

I found an interesting red clay based recipe while searching on Google.

I've heard of Osmocote plus in gel caps or ice cubes or even gelatin.

Any compressed peat like tabs with ferts added?

Anyone have some good recipes they are willing to share?

I've search these forums and there weren't many hits. Plenty for EI dosing.

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A friend of mine swears by pond tabs...to show me the difference, he put a tab under one stem of Limnophila aromatica and it got to 1/2" thick while the others stayed about 1/4".

Not sure what the brand name is, but they looked pretty generic.
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I've used the Osmocote Plus in gel caps w/ good results.
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Do the little Osmocote Plus pills stay on the bottom or do they float if they get loose after the gel cap has dissolved?

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A friend of mine swears by pond tabs...to show me the difference, he put a tab under one stem of Limnophila aromatica and it got to 1/2" thick while the others stayed about 1/4".

Not sure what the brand name is, but they looked pretty generic.
You sure get a lot more for the buck compared to the meager aquarium 10 packs they sell.

Anyone here make any DIY pelletized peat based substrate ferts?

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I heard someone once making frozen MTS mud or plain soil mud fert tabs. Seems nifty


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Ive used regular Osmocote in Capsules with good results. There was a noticeable difference with my glosso in a few days.
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One of the complaints I have with Osmocote is those stupid little resin balls left over that never actually dissolve and end up cluttering the substrate over time. Root Medic uses the same type of porous resin, albeit thicker, so they will last longer under water compared to Osmocote Plus.

How about getting some tube mesh and enclosing the resin in there so even after the ferts have leached out, you wont have to deal with the loose balls? If you ever uproot one of those packets, you can easily fish it out of your tank.

It seems that Scott has pulled Osmocote Plus from the retail market and now it's available only as Scott's professional products for commercial greenhouses etc. The only place I see it retail is online stores like Amazon etc. Lowes, Home Depot, WalMart didn't carry it anymore.

I'm liking this brand a lot after reading some info on it.
http://www.dynamiteplantfood.com/products.html

UPDATE !!!: I found some Osmocote Plus at Home Depot, but it wasn't with all the other ferts. It was inside with the house plants LOL. Now I too have a lifetime supply of it

Here's what I'll use to package it for the substrate to keep the little loose balls out of my tank.

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