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aunt kymmie 11-27-2008 06:11 PM

Using Root Tabs
 
Question: I just inserted root tabs under my swords and the larger plants in my tank. When would I insert the root tabs again? Two weeks, three weeks, or longer? I've got 260 watts (compact flourescent full spectrum 6700K) on a 100g and I also use Flourish Excel. Thanks!

Lupin 11-27-2008 08:53 PM

I'd do a month. Root tabs last for a long time.

fish_4_all 11-28-2008 12:25 AM

1 month is what I did with my sword. Just make sure not to disturb the sword if you don't have to. The extra black stuff can make a mess. I don't remember what it is but it makes a nice mess. Laterite I think.Either that or just give it one when you think it needs one after the month. Droopy leaves, smaller new leaves or just because you forgot to for 6 weeks. ;-)

kritas 11-28-2008 08:30 PM

That's right fish 4 all. It is the laterite that makes the biggest mess.
I purchased a box of laterite root tabs from JBL and if you so much as put your finger in the substrate now, a puff of laterite comes out when you pull your finger out.
Can anyone suggest a good root tab?

Lupin 11-28-2008 08:59 PM

I used Sera. Not bad. I used it before and my crypts seemed to grow very quickly.

Amphitrite 12-01-2008 12:49 PM

The Root tabs I've been most impressed with so far, and I've tried a few, are API Pro Series. They made an incredible difference to the growth and appearance of my plants.

fish_4_all 12-01-2008 03:48 PM

The laterite is a good thing actually so geting one without it is not really what you want to do. It makes a mess but is worth it because it provides a steady supply of iron and other butrients to your plabnts.

I can see where once you have a good laterite foundation in the substrate that finding a different one would be useful. I am not sure if there is one but I have heard that if oyu can find plant stakes that don't have any phosphates in them, I thikn for roses but not sure that they can be used instead. Broken into small sections and put under the plants. I have used them but didn't notice much benefit and it didn't seem like they broke down much at all over a good 2 months.

aquatramp 12-05-2008 09:48 PM

Flourish root tabs are good. They're a bit more expensive but last about 6 months.

fish_4_all 12-05-2008 10:29 PM

Flourish tabs are good but are still laterite based.

I had the problem of too much laterite when I took out my big sword. There must have been a good tablespoon of it left in the root wad and it made a huge mess. I will never do that again.

aunt kymmie 12-06-2008 01:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Amphitrite (Post 155316)
The Root tabs I've been most impressed with so far, and I've tried a few, are API Pro Series. They made an incredible difference to the growth and appearance of my plants.

My API Pro Series arrived today, along with my new plants. Off to go practice some plant aquascaping (or whatever it's called). I call it ...fun!! :-D


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