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Root Tabs...quick question

I put in my first root tab yesterday to try them out in my tank...anyways had a hell of a time keeping it down in the substrate when I was trying to put it in. finally got it to stay in the substrate and moved a rock over it to make sure it didn't go anywhere

I was thinking, would it be a big deal to poke a small hole in the capsule to get the air out of them so they stay submerged?
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As long as you buried the root tab deep enough into the substrate it should stay down.

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As long as you buried the root tab deep enough into the substrate it should stay down.
It is, but when I pull out my planting tweezers, it follows it back up...
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I know it sounds silly to some people, but I almost always had the same problem. Now I simply use my tweezers to slide the capsule into the substrate nearly sideways, on a steep angle, and they never slide back out with the tweezers.

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...I was thinking, would it be a big deal to poke a small hole in the capsule to get the air out of them so they stay submerged?
It should not matter as the Gel Cap will devolve in about 48hrs.
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Poke away. We're working on a way to make our machine poke a small hole in the capsule as it fills. Trouble is that it makes them a little more prone to cracking during transport.
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