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Adding nutrients to an existing sediment, the simple way

In advice to someone recently:

Osmocoat seems like a wise idea for DIY root tab solutions that has seen some revisiting lately(been used for the last 30 years by aquarist). Slow release, small etc, ice cubes filled with Osmocoat also would make adding it in spots very easy too. This is similar to soil mud ice cubes that can be added then melt in place without making a mess trying to insert it deep into the sediment.

Some folks had thought to use gel caps for pills to do this, but ice cubes are even easier. Different ice shapes can be made to add as much or smaller amounts as needed. Fertcicles

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Ferticles... love it Tom

Query for those who are not familiar with Osmocoat ( like myself) . What is it ( duh...a fert) , where do you get it & I assume it has to be cheaper than the seachem gravel tablets? Which brings me to how often should it be used and is there a general rule about spacing? Any other ingredients? Thank you for sharing

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Osmocoat:

http://osmocoteisbest.com/

Been around 40 years.

You can use gel caps if you want, but adding a fair amount is much easier with ice. You can also add clays, soils, worm castings, whatever amendments you chose to existing sediments.

When the ice melts, it's deep in place.
I do not like filling little gel caps, too clumsy.


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3 pounds costs about $10.


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Genius idea, thanks for posting!
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Osmocoate clay balls. Nice and cheap!
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Osmocoat Tablets..

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Are you sure those aren't rice crispy treats? They look delicious.

Seriously though, how much osmocoat per sq ft of substrate is appropriate?


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Dont eat them! would think using them as any normal tablet/cube vehicle would work fine. Just keep them buried and unexposed Toms ice cube trick sounds pretty cool, easy as making ice cubes, and super cost effective.
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Where can you purchase these??? I've never seen them at Home Depot, Lowes or Orchard...I would like to try some
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This is from the package details. Scotts® Osmocote Pot Shot Plant Food

* Analysis: 15-8-11 with micros (magnesium, sulfur, boron, iron, manganese, molybdenum)
* Revolutionary form of plant food using Osmocote technology
* Feeds for 9 months
* Contains 9 essential nutrients
* Professional formula used by growers
* For use with hanging baskets, window boxes, potted and container plants
* Contains 16 nuggets per pack
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Hey Orlando!
Do you know where to purchase them??? Is it directly from the manufacturer or do they have distributors?
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I bet you could find them at your local ACE or HD/Lowes. You can get large 50lb bags for cheap Im sure. Pennies on the $
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If you know anyone who shoots handguns guns as a hobby, the 9mm/40/45 caliber 50-pack ammo boxes are usually a plastic tray with holes a little smaller than your pinky (well, about 9mm, or 0.4/0.45 inches...) and about as deep as your pinky's first knuckle. It's a little esoteric of a reapplication, but just ask them

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If you know anyone who shoots handguns guns as a hobby, the 9mm/40/45 caliber 50-pack ammo boxes are usually a plastic tray with holes a little smaller than your pinky (well, about 9mm, or 0.4/0.45 inches...) and about as deep as your pinky's first knuckle. It's a little esoteric of a reapplication, but just ask them
Other than this method, how are we suppose to make ice cubes small enuff (the size of gel caps would be best in my case)?

I got my osmocote from OSH in the gardening section.


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