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Can I make Osmocote Plus Capsules

By purchasing the capsules and Osmocote Plus? Is there a certain size capsule needed?

Is this how people that sell them online get them or are they sold commercially?
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Basically. Gelatin capsules or another organic style capsule will work. Just be sure to measure out your Osmocote by weight prior to adding it. That will give you consistent results with use.


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Can I make Osmocote Plus Capsules

Most people buy the 00 size capsules. Making them is extremely boring but saves you some money in the long run. Usually it's easier to just spend $10 on a 100 premade capsules, that will easily last you more than a year. I've nearly 500 gallons of aquariums and go through around 125 a year if I add them every four months.

As a side note, I have heard of people putting the fertilizer pellets in an ice cube tray and making ice cubes out of them. The basic idea behind the capsule is to make it to where you can get the fertilizer under the substrate easily. You could probably even make little panty hose balls filled with the fertilizer pellets, that would allow you to remove the empty cases that seem to never dissolve.
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Thanks!

I have a large bottle of feet so I figured I may as well use it.
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Thanks!

I have a large bottle of feet so I figured I may as well use it.
How many feet come in a large bottle?
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LOL, stupid auto correct. I typed Ferts and it changed it to feet!
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Lol I figured that but thought it was pretty funny.
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Yeah, it was! I should read over what is typed before pushing the button. I hate the auto correct.
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While my wife keeps the ferts on hand for plants, I looked at the prices and found it would pay very little to do the work. It seems really boring to load, fit and cap the gel caps. So I opted for going online and found ready made fit my feeling far better. I'm not a busy guy but I still like any free work I pick up to have a better payback than I found on this one.
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Takes me about 10 minutes to measure and cap 30 capsules. You can find a tool to sit out multiple capsule bottoms, fill them, and then the top of the tool holds the top of the capsules and with one push caps them.

Even by hand after measuring I could do 20 capsules in 15 minutes.


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Takes me about 10 minutes to measure and cap 30 capsules. You can find a tool to sit out multiple capsule bottoms, fill them, and then the top of the tool holds the top of the capsules and with one push caps them.

Even by hand after measuring I could do 20 capsules in 15 minutes.
That's where we all differ. You don't mind spending to get the tool plus about an hour to fill 80 caps at best. Then you have the measuring and expense of providing your own Osmocote. I got the caps already filled 100 for $6.50 shipped free.. So my labor would only be paying back less than $5 per hour of tedious boring labor. I can do fun work and make far more than that just being here goofing off on forums while waiting for response on the other one.
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Check this thread out:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=640234

The op found these little plastic baskets for adding fertilizer to potted plants. They will work the same for aquariums and are re-useable. There are also some other ideas I came up for those baskets in that thread. They are pretty cheap and seem like they would do a good job.
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That's where we all differ. You don't mind spending to get the tool plus about an hour to fill 80 caps at best. Then you have the measuring and expense of providing your own Osmocote. I got the caps already filled 100 for $6.50 shipped free.. So my labor would only be paying back less than $5 per hour of tedious boring labor. I can do fun work and make far more than that just being here goofing off on forums while waiting for response on the other one.
The tool cost me $15, the 8lb bag cost $12, and 1000 caps cost $12. Overall I've made a few hundred, sold a hundred or so and traded a handful here and there. Overall the time and initial cost had paid off the spent $39 in what I've sold and what I've received for trades. I do understand that some people's time is worth more in a certain way, but I can knock out a bunch of caps while waiting on other things.


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You have to measure the Osmocote even thought they are going into 00 caps?

What is the amount?
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You have to measure the Osmocote even thought they are going into 00 caps?

What is the amount?
It's all a guess as to how many to place around which plants so the amount in each cap is not going to need to be precise. Stuff what looks right in each and go with it.
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