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This is a discussion on Crypt Craziness within the Beginner Planted Aquarium forums, part of the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium category; --> Personally, I'd recommend against the osmocote, especially with black sand. I've use the rootmedic tabs and they work great, but eventually all those little ...

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Old 07-20-2013, 09:56 PM   #11
 
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Personally, I'd recommend against the osmocote, especially with black sand. I've use the rootmedic tabs and they work great, but eventually all those little osmocote-like slow dissolving pellets ended up sitting on the substrate surface - very unappealing aesthetic.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:14 AM   #12
 
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I've had Rootmedic + recommended to me several times in the past, Haven't tried them yet. Just out of curiousity, why do you prefer those over the other types - specifically the brand-name tabs like API and Seachem?
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I've had Rootmedic + recommended to me several times in the past, Haven't tried them yet. Just out of curiousity, why do you prefer those over the other types - specifically the brand-name tabs like API and Seachem?
I don't necessarily recommend them over anything else like the Flourish tabs, but I do support the idea of buying from a fellow hobbyist (Rootmedic) rather than a company like Seachem. After trying the Rootmedic, I went back to Flourish tabs (I can buy them locally)! I didn't see any difference in plant growth and I still have those darn tiny fertilizer pellets sitting on my substrate when I disrupt it by moving plants around...

Don't miss-understand. The Rootmedic was inexpensive (Justin@Rootmedic has great sales periodically), they work a long time, and worked as advertised. I just didn't like the aesthetic outcome after 6 months. Oh, the extra capsules also melted in their plastic bags in my very humid workshop (where my fry grow-out tanks are). The Rootmedic tabs need to be stored in a low-humidity environment!
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:26 AM   #14
 
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I did place root tabs shortly after I noticed the melt. There were root tabs there prior to the melt. I basically placed a root tab per crypt there. The brand is the Seachem brand. I'm thinking about switching brands to API root tabs and seeing if that helps. I've also had osmocote + recommended to me.

Jes, the issue with the massive hole is that there isn't as much space for the female gourami to hide anymore. And the tank just doesn't look as "full" anymore. I like my lush green paradise.
Sorry that it took a few days to get back. I might be wrong but I am wondering if the problem might be too many root tabs? Not sure how close you placed the root tabs but the directions do say every 4 to 6 inches if I remember off the top of my head. Akso they say to replace every month to 3 months. I might be wrong but I am wondering if that might be causing the issue especially being able to keep anything aluve in that area now
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Sorry that it took a few days to get back. I might be wrong but I am wondering if the problem might be too many root tabs? Not sure how close you placed the root tabs but the directions do say every 4 to 6 inches if I remember off the top of my head. Akso they say to replace every month to 3 months. I might be wrong but I am wondering if that might be causing the issue especially being able to keep anything alive in that area now
I'm... actually wondering if that isn't part of the problem, too. I honestly wouldn't know how to work with that other than let it take it's course.

I'm going to replace the bulb this week and see if that helps the remaining crypts.
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