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Which root tab is better?

I'm looking for each one is about cheaper, but still works good.

Seachem root tabs- 10 count for $8

Osmocote spheres- 1.25lb for $8.45
(Link) http://www.amazon.com/Osmocote-27225...ords=root+tabs

Jobe's 50 count spikes- $4

I'm thinking between Seachem and Osmocote, but I don't
know if Osmocote works as well. But it definitely has quantity.
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Osmocote Plus, which is not available in most brick-and-mortar stores (orange cap), includes micros. That's what you really want. Per unit, Osmo+ is by far the most financially efficient. But it depends on how much you really want. Seachem will do the same thing, but it looks like the Jobe's doesn't include any micros.
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I'll be getting osmocote then,
I really don't need that much though.
How many spheres do I put in a
30 gallon?
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Osmocote regular is not the same as Osmocote plus.

As for the number of "spheres", there are a couple methods of insertion. One, do it while you're pouring the substrate in the first place. Two, freeze them in tiny ice cubes and add them afterwards. Three, put them in cheap 00 or 000-size gelcaps from Evilbay or Amazon. I prefer option number three.
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Why wouldn't you just put them in
with the substrate? I'll consider
option number three though.
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...Because unless you've thought it through before you set up the tank in the first place (and most people don't) option number one isn't possible. It's ideal, but even if you do it, in a few months you have to do it again. Ferts don't last forever.

And you need to understand my primary point - regular Oxmo, the one you linked, is missing certain nutrients.

But, whenever you do put root tabs in, one every few inches is fine.
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