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Fert for DIY tabs?

I see several suggestions for filling gel caps and Osmocote seems to be common. But I have problems with the little round balls being dug up and floating around forever. When they are breeding my African cichlids find the balls look much like eggs and try to pick them up.
Is there another brand, etc. to avoid this?
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I used to take red potter's clay(iron rich) and place the prill's of osmocote inside and form a sausage if you will and then bake them or let them dry in the sun.
Then stuff em deep in the substrate.
Was not my own idea but borrowed from another member on another froum.
tore down a tank after a year with these little sausages and was surprised to see that they were still largely in tact.
Not sure how much more slowly this allowed nutrient's to escape if at all ,but decided to just sprinkle osmocote on very bottom when I reset the tank thinking the clay should have dissolved more that it had, and perhap's the benefit from the osmocote was diminished?
I just made substrate deeper ,and seldom see the little prill's work their way up but I do not have many fish that dig.
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Jobes plant spikes are supposed to work OK, and they sure do not look like Cichlid eggs! I think it is the formula for ferns or palms (if they are not the same one!)
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Jobes plant spikes are supposed to work OK, and they sure do not look like Cichlid eggs! I think it is the formula for ferns or palms (if they are not the same one!)
Thanks for the idea but I find they also have some downside for me. When I used them, the "carcass" was often left and it would drift around until I collected it manually. I probably am just going to have to try harder on not getting them in the wrong spot and continue with the Osmocoat. Easier to redo my thinking than to reinvent the wheel?
I was just watching a pair spawning and noticed the confusion it was giving the female when she got a mouthful of the wrong thing. Seems like the job is difficult enough without me adding a new worry for her. I'm guessing ferts are not all that tasty even to a fish.
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