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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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When do I use these? I saw them today at lowes, but didint know what kind to get? The whole rating sytem confused me. Any help is appreciated. Im also going to go witht he profile and play sand as my i ever have to replace the profile?

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The only Jobes ones that will work well in planted tanks are the ones for Palms & Ferns, the others contain too much phosphates, urea, etc...

You just push them deep into the substrate every ~6 inches & replace when used up many months from now.
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I've read about people using the ones for beautiful flowers that contain 4% phosphate (2 % more than the ferns ones) with success. They just chop them up to 1/4-1/3 of the original sticks and push them deep in the substate.
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Actually if you look at one type of stick and it has a P ratio of say 6 and then next one has a P ratio of 8 many people would think that's a 2% difference. But actually it's a 33% increase in the amount of P.

Or in your case it's a 100% assuming the other sticks have a P ration of 2 and the ones you are using have a P ration of 4.
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I use the 13-4-5 Jobe's sticks for "Beautiful House Plants" and I still have to dose Fleet Enema twice a week. The urea seems to have a more immediate effect, as I usually see a spurt in algae growth the week after dosing Jobe's. Eventually the algae recedes and the rooted plants over the Jobe's take off.

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