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Root tabs or flourish with sand?

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Root tabs or flourish with sand?
Old 01-26-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
 
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Root tabs or flourish with sand?

My substrate is CaribSea Super naturals Tahitian black sand. It's pretty fine grained. I am just starting this aquarium, and in it are amazon sword, dwarf hairgrass, crypt wendii, moneywort, and a banana plant.
I am thinking root tabs, since most of these are root feeders, but I noticed seachem flourish tabs say on the front it's for gravel bed supplement. Would it work effectively in a fine grain sand? And if not, will a liquid additive be adequate for root feeders?
Thanks for any help :)
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:43 PM   #2
 
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The root tabs will work fine in sand and your root feeders will appreciate them. I would also suggest using Comprehensive along with the root tabs as there are some nutrients that taken up by the leaves.
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:06 PM   #3
 
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Ok, thank you for the answer! I was worried the sand, being more tightly packed, would prevent the nutients from spreading away from the tab. I'll also look into supplementing with the Comprehensive you suggested.

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Old 01-27-2014, 09:15 AM   #4
 
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The Comprehensive plant supplement is part of the Flourish line by Seachems.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:05 AM   #5
 
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I've used root tabs in a couple of my fine grain sand tanks. Works just the same.
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