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post #1 of 23 Old 01-10-2013, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Best Root Tabs?

I've heard raving reviews about RootMedic and not so great reviews about Seachem... I know there are many other brands out there-- I'm planting Amazon Swords in my tank [they'll be in sand] so I want to have good root tabs.

I understand that RootMedic has recently been temporarily closed... does anyone have any other suggestions? API root tabs seem to cloud water...

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post #2 of 23 Old 01-10-2013, 01:06 AM
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I have the same thing about API root tablets and have never used them.
I have also heard alot of good info on Root Medic though have never used them.
I personally use Seachems Root tablets and have had good results in doing so. I have used them with Amazon swords along with Flourish Comprehensive and they grow like crazy.

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post #3 of 23 Old 01-10-2013, 04:20 AM
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I use the same as Boredomb with really great results.

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post #4 of 23 Old 01-10-2013, 07:33 AM
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I am fond of "Osmocote Potshot's". Found them at lawn and garden store and have been using them for nearly two year's now.

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post #5 of 23 Old 01-10-2013, 08:58 AM
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I use the seachem ones, nothing bad has ever happened from their use and all my plants are growing fine so I can't say I've had a negative experience with them.

They are also the only ones I've seen in stores in my area so, not a lot of options anyways unless I order online. But... why fix what isn't broke? :)
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-10-2013, 09:37 AM
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I've use the api ones and I saw the reviews about cloudy water, but did not experience it. I Also use flourish tabs. Both seem fine to me.
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post #7 of 23 Old 01-10-2013, 06:12 PM
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I also use Flourish Tabs, and I know my swords benefit because I have the same sword species in different tanks and was able to experiment a bit. But this is not to say other brands might not also be good.

API does seem to cause troubles though, according to what more than one member has posted in the past. Especially if they are disturbed, they can cloud the water with quite a mess. I have dug up Flourish tabs a few weeks after inserting them, and they are smaller but still solid, so this problem does not occur with them.

A few years ago I had terrific results with Nutrafin Plant-Gro sticks. But I have not been able to find these anywhere online, so perhaps they no longer make them. They still make the liquid, but the sticks for the substrate were something else.


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post #8 of 23 Old 01-10-2013, 07:31 PM
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I also use Seachem Root Tabs with Flourish Comprehensive with great results. I also used to add Flourish Excel until I got my Jungle Val. No problems for me.

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post #9 of 23 Old 01-10-2013, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! One more question!

In your experience, which works better with plants? Flourish Excel or Flourish Comprehensive?
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post #10 of 23 Old 01-10-2013, 08:17 PM
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Last I read, Rootmedic was, hopefully only temporarily, shut down due to some employee issues.
I like the Flourish tabs. Easy to find locally and not too bad to buy in larger quantities on-line.

I have used Rootmedic and they work well, but in my white sand tank, the small "pellets" tend to accumulate on the surface when I uproot plants and re-scape. I've also had minor problems storing the Rootmedic tablets in my moist workshop over long periods of time - they tend to melt together. I still like them, just would buy fewer at one time.

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*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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