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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Root tabs?

Okay, so I'm wanting to get some root tabs before I really get everything going here.

Which would you guys say go with? Seachem Flourish tabs or API root tabs? I can get a 10 pack of Flourish for 9.99$ at Petsmart and 10 API for 6-7$ from PetCo. Then I can also buy a 40 pack of Flourish from Amazon for about 25$ before shipping with a sale they have going on currently.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 12:51 AM
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I would go with the Seachem Flourish tabs I have heard good reviews about them.
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I am trying out leafzone the liquid, I thought about doing tabs, but when I first started I kept moving plants around till i found just the right spot for them so the liquid made more sense to me vs me digging up plant then trying to find the root tab....
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It depends on the type of plants you have as to whether root tabs or liquid will be more effective. Either way, I'd always go with Seachem Flourish (my personal preference, not a dictate :)), but some plants won't get as much benefit from one form of fertiliser as another.

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Several of the forums have people who sell osmocote capsules. They are better and much cheaper than the other kinds of root tabs. Basically, some hobbyists have found that putting garden osmocote in gelcaps like the ones used for medicine works really really well. They are usually 25 for 5 bucks plus a couple of dollars for shipping.

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I did not know there was a liquid half to it between tabs and another route :o


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I did a quick search for osmocote caps and I do believe I found a forum that could get me what I'm looking for, thanks :D

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I'd go with seachem.

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I threw a post up on the other board I was talking about, but it''s in the approval status at the moment so I'm still looking around at other things.

With root tabs, do they have to be removed at some point? S'the way it's sounding atm. And can I put them in after I have my tank set up and everything? Like get the dirt and sand and plants put in and the thing filled up and then put them in? o_O I mean it'd wind up happening when I need to put them in again, but... I'm trying really hard to not overthink it right now, lol.

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I believe the root tabs dissolve over time and you replace the tabs every 3-4 months
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 07:38 PM
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You do not have to remove root tabs. They will be used up and dissolved.

What plants are you growing? Most aquarium plants are able to feed from the water column, so unless you have heavy root feeders you don't need root tabs at all. Liquid ferts would be better in that case.

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