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Lightbulb Root Tabs: Osmocote, Osmocote + or Jobe's Spikes?

So something new for me: root tabs. I have been reading up on them, but still unclear at certain areas.

1.) Which ones are better? Osmocote, Osmocote Plus or Jobe's Spikes for Palms and Ferns? More simply, which one is better for shrimps? I am talking about Taiwanese Fire Reds and Grade A/S Crystal Red Shrimps

2.) They say approx. 5 grams per 1 sq. foot (around 5-6 "00" gel capsules). But how far away from the actual plant root do you insert the tabs?

3.) Can't find too much in regards to hardiness. Which one increases the hardiness more: Osmocote, Osmocote + or Jobe's Spikes? In other words, what to look for in the "contents" that could cause an increase in water hardiness?

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osmocote plus is osmocote with trace added...

I never used jobes so I cant tell you anything about that...

I use osmocote plus in all my tanks...
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Where is the best place to get them? Can't find them anywhere locally. Wal-mart, Lowes, Home Depot...
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Bought mine off of Amazon.com
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Try looking in gardening stores..and if still no luck order online..
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I heard some say HD have it for $8. Can't seem to find that around here???
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osmocote + is great, osmocote is good but lacks trace elements, jobes aquatic spikes work, but I wouldn't use their terrestrial plant spikes since I have no experience with them.

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That sucks they don't have PLUS locally...
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rootmedic is one of our sponsors here and from what I have seen reported by many members, the products are pretty good.


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