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DIY Root Tabs?

I was wondering what everyone is using to make their DIY root tabs now. Since osmocote plus is hard to find and only sold in 50 lb bags, whats the "next osmocote plus"?
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http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...-DIY-Root-Tabs

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Osmocote Plus comes in smaller packages (at least 4.5 lbf). Locally the nurseries sell it, but otherwise:
http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CFAQ8wIwAw

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I've been using Rootblast, just buying empty gelatin capsules and filling them with it. Here are the specs on it:

Total Nitrogen (N)......................2.00%
2.00% Nitrate Nitrogen
Available Phosphate (P2O5).........1.00%
Soluble Potash (K2O)..................2.00%
Calcium (Ca).............................13.8%
Magnesium (Mg).........................7.50%
0.97% Water Soluble Magnesium (Mg)
Sulfur (S).................................1.88%
1.88% Combined Sulfur (S)
Boron (B)..................................0.02%
Copper (Cu)..............................0.05%
Iron (Fe)...................................2.47%
0.01% Water Soluble Iron (Fe)
Manganese (Mn)........................0.12%
0.00% Water Soluble Manganese (Mn)
Zinc (Zn)..................................0.15%

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Does anyone have a composition list for Osmocote Plus? All I can find on the Scott's web page is "15-9-12 plus 9 other essential nutrients." which doesn't mean a lot to me.

I'm using N,P,K, CSM+B, and chelted iron. Is there any reason not to just mix up N,P,K in one set of tabs, CSM+B and iron (or clay) in another, and stick those in the ground?

Is there a benefit to somthing like osmocote over that?

I'm using sand substrate if that matters.

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Here is a link to the package label, just scroll down.

http://www.scotts.com/smg/products/o...sPlantFood.pdf

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Looks like there's a fair amount of ammonia in there. I thought that was a no-no for tanks? Does it manage to get broken down before it leaches into the water column?

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You should be able to pick up Osmocote Plus at any garden center for $30(US) or less for a 4.5lb container.


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Looks like there's a fair amount of ammonia in there. I thought that was a no-no for tanks? Does it manage to get broken down before it leaches into the water column?
You just want to make sure you bury them well into the substrate. Yes the ammo will get broken down before anything leaches into the water column.
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What about phosphates in root tabs? With liquids it mixes with the iron and precipitates out, but in this case it's already a solid...so does it matter?

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http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...-DIY-Root-Tabs

This site tells you how to make them
I will be trying that receipe myself. Already have the clay.
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I have used Jobes stiks (the Ferns & Palms flavor) in my substrate for years. They come in relatively small packages, and you can cut them into 1/4 or 1/3 and just stick them close to your root heavy plants. I also like to add them when setting up brand-new tanks.

Besides that, you can buy Gel-capsuled tabs from a number of members who ended up with a bucket full of Osmocote and want to turn that into cash. Win-win.


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those DIY root tabs work great! they're very labor intensive and messy, though. i won't be doing it again.

here's what i do now...



and this makes it very easy to deliver them deep into the substrate...



simple, clean, effective and lasts just this side of forever.
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Brilliant syringe idea!

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