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post #11 of 26 Old 01-06-2014, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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have you ever considered making your own root tabs? osmocote plus and gelatin capsules size 00. will last you a very long time. in the long run much,much cheaper. you can also roll the osmocote into red clay and make little balls shaped ferts. make sure they are put deep into the substrate. the red clay will help by giving a good source of iron.you will need to let the balls dry completely before use.
I love this idea, where do you get your clay from and is there a particular type of clay that I should use? Also, do you have a DIY write up on this? This is a great idea!!! I will be research osmocote and low lighting tonight.
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post #12 of 26 Old 01-06-2014, 10:57 PM
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natural red clay. i think most hobby stores have it.some states have natural deposits of it.when all else fails,ask a highschool or elementary art teacher. i use a bit of clay half the size a marble,work a pinch of osmocote into the clay well,form the tablet into the desired shape and let dry. as long as you put the root tabs deep enough and securely in place there will be no problems. if they are not you will invite an algae bloom. you can make a bunch up at once and store them in an airtight container. also great for house plants. lasts about 2 months per dose.i should mention that the clay will turn into a slimy clay glob. but it will not hurt anything.just a little residual remains at the end.in a npt you would never notice.

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post #13 of 26 Old 01-07-2014, 01:59 PM
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natural red clay

For red clay I use Pro choice select which is a baked red clay and is used in baseball infields.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #14 of 26 Old 01-07-2014, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Stopped by The Vitamin Shoppe and Home Depot picked up everything that was needed. Made about 100 caps and installed them into the tank. Thank you all again for the help, now to wait and see the results.
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post #15 of 26 Old 01-07-2014, 02:22 PM
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just make sure that whichever clay you are using is natural red clay with no added polymers.


oh, i see you already made up some capsules. cool,glad i could help. show me pics later, once you show new growth.

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just make sure that whichever clay you are using is natural red clay with no added polymers.


oh, i see you already made up some capsules. cool,glad i could help. show me pics later, once you show new growth.
Ok I will. Thanks again.
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post #17 of 26 Old 01-08-2014, 10:23 AM
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i have seen these types of root ferts for sale on ebay/amazon for $10/50 capsules.

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i have seen these types of root ferts for sale on ebay/amazon for $10/50 capsules.
Really? I need to look into this, potential money making idea there.
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post #19 of 26 Old 01-08-2014, 09:46 PM
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guess that was $10/100.sorry

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post #20 of 26 Old 02-02-2014, 09:18 AM
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any good growth yet?

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