Aquarimplants 50 tabs = Seachem Flourish 10 tabs
I am not understanding what that means.
50 AquariumPlants.com Substrate Fertilizer Tablets are equal to 10 Seachem Flourish Tabs? By that logic, then one Seachem Flourish Tab provides the same fertilization as 5 AquariumPlants.com Substrate Fertilizer Tablets. ???
I have no idea on the following, I'm totally guessing, but this is what it looks like to me...
This is AquariumPlants.com's Substrate Fertilizer Tablets
These tablets appear VERY similar to the tablet that Aqua Botanic sells, "Natural Advantage RootGrow Tabs". The way I understand that product: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals used to have a product called "Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Root Tabs," which are now discontinued:
(Some places still have remaining inventory
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals did not actually manufacture these themselves; they had another manufacturer make these to their specs. (At this point I do not know who that manufacturer is, but I have suspicions that they are probably a terrestrial plant and/or chemical company, and do not specialize in fertilizers for aquatic plants in aquariums.)
Aqua Botanic contacted this manufacturer and asked them to manufacture the tabs for them to sell. They say they specified some different and/or additional ingredients:
This leads me to believe that the AquariumPlants.com Substrate Fertilizer Tablets are probably manufactured by the same manufacturer. It's total speculation on my part, but I would tend to think that they vary the ingredients slightly so that each vendor can give the product a unique name and sell it under that name.
this has been discussed/researched here on PTF
Where was this researched? Could you provide a link?
AquariumPlants.com Substrate Fertilizer Tablets are definitely NOTHING
at all like Seachem Flourish Tabs, which are mainly a calcium sulfate substrate with Flourish (which contains amino acids) added to it.
My main point is Seachem developed Flourish Tabs in their own labs, where they set up multiple planted tanks, and tested various formulations of the product, until they perfected it by going with the formulation that gave the best results.
I don't know if this is true with the AquariumPlants.com Substrate Fertilizer Tabs, which appear to me to be very similar to Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Root Tabs and Aqua Botanic Natural Advantage RootGrow Tabs.
I have tried the Aqua Botanic Natural Advantage RootGrow Tabs, and the results were less than stellar. Cabomba didn't flower, and didn't grow that much different than it did when no tab product at all was used. Please keep in mind your own mileage may vary, but that was my result. I also used them with some crypts and swords, and again the growth was much slower and less fuller than it was when using a Seachem Flourish Tab or Tropica AquaCare Plant Nutrition+ Capsule.
Drs. Foster & Smith has Seachem Flourish Tabs available for $5.49 per 10 pack.