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question about root tabs

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i was trying to make my own root taps and i found all of you guys are using Osmocote Plus but i cant get it in my place so i went to a garden store and found a good slow release fertilizer just like the Osmocote Plus

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Do i have to use the Gel Capsules to make the release slower ? or it is just works as a container to make it easier for us to use it in our tanks ?

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i have tried to soak some of this slow release fertilizer in some water and within 1 hour it dissolved in the water, is that normal or it should stay in the Pellets form for more than that ?
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Osmocote is made for gardens. It has a covering that allows the fertilizer to seep out slowly when plants are watered. As the soil dries out the fertilizer stops seeping out. Then the plant is watered again...

In an aquarium you can put Osmocote directly into the substrate. It must be buried. The slower water movement under the substrate will slow down the release of the Osmocote. When all the fertilizer is gone there is still a thin, hollow shell that pops if you pinch it.

If the Osmocote is too close to the surface, or you place it in a glass of water all the fertilizer is released fairly fast, but the shell still remains.
In an aquarium this can lead to an ammonia spike.

People use the capsules to make it easier to put the Osmocote deep under the substrate. They are optional, though highly useful.

A fertilizer that fully dissolves in just a few hours is not going to be slow release in the tank, even with low water movement. Test the water the fertilizer dissolved in. Any ammonia? This would be bad for the tank.
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Well said, Thank you
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can i have a successful tank with a sand or plain gravel substrate with using good root taps ? specially if i want a good carpet of HC ?
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can i have a successful tank with a sand or plain gravel substrate with using good root taps ? specially if i want a good carpet of HC ?
Sand would be better than plain gravel, its easier for plants like HC to root in. You need something like Osmocote Plus that you can scatter loose balls evenly underneath the substrate. Actual root tabs arent going to cover enough area to allow for an entire carpet to feed evenly.


Here's what Ive done for several different carpets in 100% sand -

Scatter loose balls and bury them deep




Plant plants




Approximately 2 months later




This HC was done the same way (ignore the red arrow)




There's a lot of people selling O+ tabs on e bay, and also in the for sale forum here (use the search function). Perhaps you could get some that way?


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