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DIY root tab gel caps

I wanted to start making gel capsule style root tabs for my tank before I rescape it in about a week; however, most of the recipes I found called for large amounts of, or exclusively for Osmocote Plus. Recently O+ has been discontinued. I'm looking for suggestions for a fertilizer that would work just as good, or better. Thanks.
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I'm actually going to home depot to search for something tomorrow. I'll let you know if i can find something similar to Osmocote.
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Mix up dry ferts with clay. You can use dry clay to mix with them or you can use wet clay to make your own clay fert balls. You could even put the wet (maleable, not really 'wet') clay mixture into gelcaps if you wanted.

You'll likely get more mileage out of buying dry ferts and mixing them up with clay than you would with Osmocote Plus.


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I just got a whole thing of O+ from an online site called discount hydroponics. It was $22 shipped to my door, and I had it in 3 days. Hope it helps.

If not, there are lots or very good dry fert mixes, and even step by step direction everywhere. Youtube is a good place to look for them. Good luck!
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Thanks for the help! I considered the clay method already but from all of the reports I've read it's quite messy and my mom would kill me if I destroyed her kitchen with a clay bomb

Punkndestroy, thanks for looking, I'm intrigued to see what you find.

Kdv, I"ll check that store out. As for dry mixes do you mean something like Osmocote vegetable or something more along the lines of Magnesium Sulfate and Potassium Chloride?
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I just got a whole thing of O+ from an online site called discount hydroponics. It was $22 shipped to my door, and I had it in 3 days. Hope it helps.
Is this the site you were talking about: http://www.discount-hydro.com/fertil...atured&page=6?

I found a slew of very "descriptively" named fertilizers, and osmocote I/O and vegetable, but no O+. Maybe my crypts just need some big bud juice
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If you have a Meijer nearby, it may be worth checking there. The ones around me still regularly stock osmocote plus for $15 or so. Just be aware that some substrates (eco-complete being one) push the osmocote pellets out to float up where fish can eat them. I haven't heard bad things about fish eating dry ferts, but there does seem to be problems with osmocote and fish eating them.
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Looks like the place I got mine from sold out all they had. If you choose too, places like greenhouse megastore still have it in 50# bags for $140, but I would only recommend that as a group buy sort of thing. There is NO WAY someone could use 50# of the stuff!

Yes, I was talking clay bombs. Yeah, parents don't like messes, so I would not recommend making your mom mad. We, moms, really like clean kitchens!
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I actually happen to have a Meijer about a minute away from my house so I will definitely check there when I get some time. Hopefully they still have some left. If not, I'll look around to see what other slow release fertilizers they have. What would be a good micronutrient composition to look for?
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My local Home Depot still has an abundance of Osmocote. If you'd like I can run and pick one up for you and have it shipped. Let me know.

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Thanks for the help! I considered the clay method already but from all of the reports I've read it's quite messy and my mom would kill me if I destroyed her kitchen with a clay bomb

Punkndestroy, thanks for looking, I'm intrigued to see what you find.

Kdv, I"ll check that store out. As for dry mixes do you mean something like Osmocote vegetable or something more along the lines of Magnesium Sulfate and Potassium Chloride?
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Wow, I'm impressed you actually found some osmocote plus! How much is the osmocote and how much would shipping be?
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Wow, I'm impressed you actually found some osmocote plus! How much is the osmocote and how much would shipping be?
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I've seen Osmocote plus 3-4 mos release and 8-9 mos release. What is the difference and which one is better?
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Same concept. One just releases more slowly. I think it has to do with the nitrogen it actually releases into the tank. I'm not 100% sure.

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I've seen Osmocote plus 3-4 mos release and 8-9 mos release. What is the difference and which one is better?
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Same concept. One just releases more slowly. I think it has to do with the nitrogen it actually releases into the tank. I'm not 100% sure.
I bump into one web site and you are right. It was designed when the growth is later.
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