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Osmocote+ root tabs

I just ran out of my Flourish root tabs and not sure I want to buy more. Oscmocote+ seems to be the best option out there, but the horror stories of ammonia spikes and dead stock make me hesitant. Is there a guaranteed safe way to use this stuff so your tank isn't at risk? I only have about 2" of Petco sand so is that deep enough to hold the pellets? I'll be redoing my 55g next week with various swords and crypts and they could really benefit from some good root fertilization.

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I've never had an issue using Osmocote+, and I've been using it for many years without it causing any deaths, or causing an ammonia spike. Remember to get Osmocote Plus 15-9-12 this is the one that has macro/micro nutrients, it doesn't matter if you can get your hands on the old series or the new outdoor indoor series, the only major difference between the old series and the new series is the old series had calcium, and the new series does NOT have calcium in it.


2" should be enough substrate to hold it down, you can either go with ice ferts where you put some osmocote+ pellets in an ice tray add water and freeze, or go with empty capsules that you fill with the osmocote+, either way just make sure to push the osmocote+ as deep as you can in the substrate. I usually put 3-5 osmocote+ capsules around each sword plant depending on size, and 2-3 around crypts.

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Thanks for the reassurance, i'm going to give them a try.

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Is there anything wrong with using the O+ beads without a frozen block or capsule? I just shoved a bunch of individual beads into my substrate earlier tonight.
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Nope, you can do that, it's just easier/quicker to do it one of the other ways.


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Sweet, just had to make sure. With that said, would it be ok to setup a new tank with a light base layer of O+? Or would that cause a dangerous spike?

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That would be fine also - alot of people do that as an easier MTS method.


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Thank you for your help.
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The Osmocote and capsules arrived today. How many should I aim for in a 55g? I was thinking no more than 6 - 10 capsules for the whole tank.

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I've read that many people use six inch staggering through the entire tank or the area of focus.
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Yeah start out slow unless you are planting super heavy or have really heavy plant growth. for an established tank with very dense growth you can do one triple zero 000 capsule for every 4-5"x4-5" area to give you an idea. Easiest way is to sprinkle the pellets on the bottom of the tank then put on a nice thick layer of soil or Aquasoil. The pellets are slow release and having them in a high humate environment helps the nutrients to be "adsorbed" to the ionic sites within the soil. Very simple and easy method. I use it all the time with Marfied Controsoil, which seems to be better than ADA in my opinion because it is more dense. I just sprinkled 3 tablespoons of O+ on the bottom of a standard 55 gallon long aquarium, to give you an idea. Right now the tank is new and the ammonium is super high, mostly because of the Controsoil. But the plants are in heaven. Low tech tank.

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