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OK to use Osmocote Outdoor/Indoor

New to planted tanks. I have a Evolve8 with wisteria, crypts, ludwigia, and bacopa. Is it OK to use Osmocote Outdoor/Indoor for my diy root tabs?.
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I wouldn't here's the guaranteed analysis for it

http://agr.wa.gov/pestfert/fertilize...spx?pname=1949

The reason I wouldn't use it is because you want something that has both macro and micro fertilizers in it.
You want Osmocote Plus Outdoor & Indoor 15-9-12 for making diy root tabs, the only thing missing from the new Osmocote Plus Outdoor & Indoor is calcium which can be easily replaced with calcium sulfate.

The ultimate diy root tabs are best if made with the original Osmocote Plus Multi Purpose Plant Food 15-9-12, but it can only be found in 50lb bulk bags now because Scott's eliminated the 4.5lb supply from their stock a couple of years ago. Then recently they sold the Name and rights to the Osmocote Plus brand to a company in Israel, which now makes the Osmocote Plus Outdoor & Indoor and for some reason they decided not to include calcium in the new Osmocote Plus.

45g Long - High Light Planted Tank / 30g - Plant Grow Out Tank / 100g Tank - currently resealing
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I wouldn't here's the guaranteed analysis for it

http://agr.wa.gov/pestfert/fertilize...spx?pname=1949

The reason I wouldn't use it is because you want something that has both macro and micro fertilizers in it.
You want Osmocote Plus Outdoor & Indoor 15-9-12 for making diy root tabs, the only thing missing from the new Osmocote Plus Outdoor & Indoor is calcium which can be easily replaced with calcium sulfate.

The ultimate diy root tabs are best if made with the original Osmocote Plus Multi Purpose Plant Food 15-9-12, but it can only be found in 50lb bulk bags now because Scott's eliminated the 4.5lb supply from their stock a couple of years ago. Then recently they sold the Name and rights to the Osmocote Plus brand to a company in Israel, which now makes the Osmocote Plus Outdoor & Indoor and for some reason they decided not to include calcium in the new Osmocote Plus.
Just as a warning, though I use osmocote myself, Scott's products are made with "economically advantageous recycled waste material" from nearby chemical and metal production plants owned by the same company. This material may or may not contain known carcinogens.

Had to do a college report on fertilizer toxicity, and this stuff came up. Too bad the product is so useful...
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