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Hey guys, so i am currently thinking about and researching using all pool filter sand as my 55 gallon planted tanks substrate. Realizing it is inert, i would need some sort of root fertilization. I know next to nothing about proper fertilization and would like some insight as to what would be a good method for me. Are all root tabs the same? How about Osmocote Plus Gelcaps? Thanks.
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Osmocote plus gelcaps are pretty good. So are Rootmedic root caps. Seachem root tabs are not bad, I think. They all are applied in a similar fashion. You take them and bury them deep in the substrate. They last anywhere from 3-6 months, so you should plan on replacing them roughly that often. 25 root tabs should just about cover a 55G tank. You can put slightly more than that if you'd like to get more coverage, especially around your heavy root feeders (for example crypts and swords).

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Of you want top of the line i'd go with rootmedic tabs. Fat with nutrients and they last a long time.


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I am likely going with a white sand substrate, i read certain root tabs turn the sand black. any idea about this?
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The sand will likely discolor and turn darker regardless of the fertilizer you use. White sand tends to blend with detritus and such in the tank and slowly gets dark no matter what you do. It'll still look decent, though.

As far as ferts go, I've never had any discolor my sand.


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The sand will likely discolor and turn darker regardless of the fertilizer you use. White sand tends to blend with detritus and such in the tank and slowly gets dark no matter what you do. It'll still look decent, though.

As far as ferts go, I've never had any discolor my sand.
This has been my experience as well.
But there are a couple of simple maintenance routines you could employ, that would keep your PFS looking pretty darn good all the time - i.e. stirring up the open areas of your sand well on a reasonably frequent basis - I suggest weekly, to bring cleaner sand to the surface each time; and siphoning out 10% to 20% of the sand every 4 to 6 months, and replacing what you have taken out with new sand. Works extremely well for me.
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I am likely going with a white sand substrate, i read certain root tabs turn the sand black. any idea about this?
seachem will make the white sand black. The white sand will get "dirty" still, but that is the only one I know of that will make a spot in sand black.

Pfertz might as well, as they are similar in style to seachem(pressed clay). RootMedic, Osmocote, Tropica, and Ferka will not do this.
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