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Are root tabs necessary for crypts/swords in Aquasoil?

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I didn't use any when I had crypts with ADA AS.
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I would say, no. Aquasoil is so nutrient dense and that is why it is commonly used by many to even start immersed setups. If you use Aquasoil and have at least some minimal water column dosing(I found that Estimative Index at about 1/2 the recommended rate combined with DIY c02 if you have a small tank 5-15 gallons, or pressurized of anything above 15 gallons) you will get very impressive results. As Tom Barr pointed out, dosing the water column even when using Aquasoil guarantees that the plants will be able to draw nutrients from the water column and substrate and will greatly extend the life expectancy(nutrient wise) of the ADA Aquasoil, so you will you will those positive results for much longer.
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I put a root tab under a sword in AS, and I have not noticed any difference in the growth compared to other swords and crypts in the same tank.
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After about 6 months to a year old substrate yes they will help, until
the new wears off then not so much.

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Right on, thanks for the replies.

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