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Job's PLant Spikes?

Has anyone ever used Job's Plant Spikes in their aquariums? If you have, how did they work? Did you use a whole spike or did you break it up into pieces? IS there anything I need to look out for or be careful with? Is there a better alternative?

The reason I ask is that none of the LFS's in my area carry anything for aquarium plants (although they sell plants, go figure). So I was looking for a low cost fertilizer for the substrate that I can insert after the tank is set up. The LFS's do carry fertilizers for the water, so I can use those for that, but the have nothing for substrate.


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I'm no expert, so you'll want to wait until one jumps in , but I have heard of people using them. The palm and fern variety in particular is very low in phosphate as I understand it and seems to be the one of choice. From what I've read, people usually break them into thirds and bury them deeply in the substrate so nothing makes it to the water column. HTH

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do you have plants that need heavy root fertilization...like swords? if not, I don't see a need for jobe sticks. they can work fine..or they can cause serious algae blooms.

make SURE you get the ones for Lush palms and ferns. they're the least likely to cause algae blooms.
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Yeah, I have one sword that I'm concerned with. All the other plants won't need the spikes. I'm especially concerned since it is plain gravel, no flourite or laterite. I may use the ice cube method to get some laterite to the roots too (I'd move the plant until the ice melted)
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Follow the advice given by Silent Running.

Use the fern and palm sticks. Break them up into pieces, thirds should be fine, and place them deeply in the substrate. You'll need to be careful when you putter around in the aquarium. You don't want to kick one of the buried Jobes sticks up. Once they wit the water column, the Jobes Sticks have been known to cause some serious algae blooms.

There are people who make their own root tablets. I am sure you can find a recipe. I have also seen them for sale on AquaBid, as well as on a coupe of other websites.

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I am using the Palms and Ferns variety of Jobes, and I often pull out swords and other deep rooters which regularly pulls the jobes along with it and spreads them into the water column. Not sure if they were "spent" already, but never had any algae issues or "outbreaks" whatsoever.


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Dose the water column. Go to www.gregwatson.com and get what you need. Even so called heavy root feeders will take up nutrients from the water column before taking it up from the roots.
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