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Plain sand and root tabs questions

I plain on planting a bunch of Crypts in plain sand. I'm going to use seachem root tabs.

Should I break the tabs up to spread them out?

How deep should I put them?

Are there any adverse effects of using tabs to watch out for like anaerobic bacteria?

When up rooting plants is it harmful to get into the water column?
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The Seachem root tabs are basically clay pellets with trace elements in them. I have cut them into half before (yes, to spread it out but that's because I was using it in a small tank, so I cut one tab into two pieces, put each piece under the heaviest planted areas).

They don't pollute the water, the manufacturing takes care of that. It seems like it is a baked product. It's even harder than ADA Aquasoil.

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Yes, you can break the tabs up if you feel that's appropriate given the location and amount of your plantings.
- Put them approx. 1" below the sand surface near the root system of plant(s).
- The tabs have no effect on the development of anaerobic gas pockets - only the sand does, if it's layered deeply (3" or more) and heavily compacted so that it gets little or no oxygen. Play sands are notorious for this, as they are very fine grained.
- Whatever sand you have don't layer it more than 2" or so to minimize the risk of gas pockets developing.
- If the tabs get exposed to the water column there is no harmful effect, but if they have begun to crumble & disintegrate, you will have discolored water/cloudiness from it.
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