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How often to add root tabs?

I have a (more or less) hi-tech setup, and though I am EI dosing, I feel like my swords, crypts, and lilly type plants could do with some more direct nutrients. I have osmocote tabs (I think I spelled that right) and I'm just curious how often it is recommended to add these to the substrate? I'm running eco complete.

Another question, I've been noticing that my plants, although they grow well, don't grow the greatest root systems. Would the addition of root tabs on a regular basis encourage my plants to root deeper into the substrate instead of becoming reliant on water column fertilization? I only have about 2-3" deep of substrate throughout most of my tank, though I am considering adding a bit more in certain areas since I do forgot that some of my fish like to move substrate a tad.

Thanks for the help, I'm still relatively new to all of this.

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Some plants might be encouraged to root better in search of fertilizer, but I think it is more likely a problem in the substrate. What are you using as substrate?
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Eco Complete, not the best but for my situation it suffices I guess.

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Well, roots ought to grow through EC just fine. Sure, put some slow release fertilizer as low in the substrate as you can, touch the bottom of the tank with them. Put anywhere from one to 3 tablets/capsules around the heaviest feeders, depending on size.
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^How often though?

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Depends on the packaging some are weekly or monthly. Home made ones or ozmocote might be every 6 mnths.
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Osmocote, Root Medic, API, Seachem, Jobes palm fertilizer spikes, APF Wonder-Gro
Used here in sand, blasting media, Eco-complete, Flourite original.


Currently using only Wonder-Gro Pro series, Pro Root+, Aquatic Plant Fertilizer brand.
Replaced every 3 months seems to work well for me using all of them.


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