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Plant Tabs to liquid

I have a 75 gal tank with about 25 gal in a sump. So close to 100 gal.

I have anubias, 5 med and 4 small. I will be getting some java fern, another 10 or so small anubias, and some water lettuce to really help control nitrates.

2 48" HO bulbs.

No CO2

med density stocking of fish.

I have been dosing just with Flourish comp.

But i have almost a whole pack of root tabs left that don't serve any real purpose. Can I put one in a coffee grinder to make a powder add it to the empty fourish bottle, add water, then dose my tank?

If so how much do you recommend per week, bottle is 8.5oz?

I use a 10ml syringe to ensure accuracy
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Without knowing specifically what's in the tabs and the quantity of what's in them, there's no way to tell. The short answer: probably not.

Why not use the root tabs? All the plants you have will send down roots to feed from them.


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If you are already having to 'control nitrates' I would not add more nitrates.

You probably could turn root tabs into fertilizer, but I would test the dosing before you actually put it in the tank. Try 1 drop in a gallon of water or something. Test for Nitrates.
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Without knowing specifically what's in the tabs and the quantity of what's in them, there's no way to tell. The short answer: probably not.

Why not use the root tabs? All the plants you have will send down roots to feed from them.
everything i've read suggest that the plants I have are mostly column nutrient uptakers so...
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If you are already having to 'control nitrates' I would not add more nitrates.

You probably could turn root tabs into fertilizer, but I would test the dosing before you actually put it in the tank. Try 1 drop in a gallon of water or something. Test for Nitrates.
I'm just trying to control nitrates for the fish's health. don't think i really have an issue just trying to prvent one
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Ferns and Anubias will draw nutrients from their root system. While you obviously don't plant the rhizome, roots from both descend into the substrate and feed. That's why they're so popular for shrimp tanks where dosing isn't the norm and in low-tech tanks that just use Aquasoil.

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Ferns and Anubias will draw nutrients from their root system. While you obviously don't plant the rhizome, roots from both descend into the substrate and feed. That's why they're so popular for shrimp tanks where dosing isn't the norm and in low-tech tanks that just use Aquasoil.
ok, will try it. Thanks
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