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Fertiliser out of plant soil

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I made some pellets out of wet plant soil enriched with macronutrients and put them in the oven till they were pretty much dried. I tested a few by putting them in a container full of water and the soil seemed to hold on and didn't disolve. I inserted the pellets into the main tank near the plant's roots and after i covered them with gravel i crushed them by pushing down so that they spread efficiently. It's the first time I've used gravel fert, because untill now good light and DIY CO2 with reactor were the only things i've done for the plants.
But now the question is: will it do any good? I hop it will cause...I've allready done it . If it's important, my plants are easy easy growers: Vallisneria, Saggitaria, Echinodorus (dont know what type) and Cryptocoryne(dont know what type).
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If you do not want to bake them, you can make mud and then add these to the ice cube trays and freeze them. This will allow you to add them to the substrate.

It should be fine.

You might want to get some KNO3, KH2PO4 and some traces.
This will help in addition to the substrate ferts.
Careful when you uproot not to pull all that mud up.

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They should work great, all the plants you listed will react positively to the 'root feeding' technique.

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If you do not want to bake them, you can make mud and then add these to the ice cube trays and freeze them. This will allow you to add them to the substrate.
The ice method is brilliant. I had to open a few windows after baking those pellets because of the stench. Burned plantsoil sure stinks
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Which is why I suggested this, if you are a guy and have a gal, or anyone else in the home, This might be a better solution

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