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Root tabs just below the surface?

Hello, I'm wondering if having roots tabs just under the surface of gravel is going to become a problem. I'm a little low on substrate and I might buy some more if this is going to cause problems.
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They can be a problem if not buried deep enough as they can discolor the water. I had one break in half and the little bits dissolved rather quickly and I could see the color in the water. Doesn't hurt anything, just looks bad.

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They can cause nitrate spikes in that situation due to breaking down too fast... I had a problem with this with my 20 gallon
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They can cause nitrate spikes in that situation due to breaking down too fast... I had a problem with this with my 20 gallon
Ah... that makes sense, I always had a problem with a high nitrate level and I could never figure out what it was. Thanks for the info.
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They can be a problem if not buried deep enough as they can discolor the water. I had one break in half and the little bits dissolved rather quickly and I could see the color in the water. Doesn't hurt anything, just looks bad.
Huh, I have diftwood that leeches tannin into the water and I never noticed that root tabs discolored the water, I'm going to try that out...
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Ah... that makes sense, I always had a problem with a high nitrate level and I could never figure out what it was. Thanks for the info.
Depending on who you talk to, Nitrates from fertilizers aren't harmful at all...

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