Home Made Root Tabs ?

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yukondog

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I'm going to make my own root tabs, I have Osmocote Plus, all I need now is capsules. How many to a planted tank and how often? tanks are mod. planted some heavily planted.
 

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I am curious why you would want to make your own
 
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I guess because I can, I never gave it much thought.
 

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Totally an awesome idea in my opinion.
 

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Placement depends on the tank footprint and plants.

A good rule of thumb for moderate root feeders 1 gel cap every 1/2 foot. So a 40 breeder would take about 8. They last at least 3 months sometimes 6 months.

You can buy a bag of a 1000 size 00 gel caps for $10 on eBay.

Not worth it to make it IMO when you can buy a 100 for $6 also on eBay that will last you years in the tank mentioned above. Even a small bottle of Osmocote will make roughly a 1000 root tabs.

Full disclose I make and sell them. If you are thinking about selling the one you don’t want the profit margin is very little say less than $.50 for every 100. I buy in bulk and still only make $.75 for each sale that’s after 10-15 to make each 100.

Better to buy imo.
 

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I don't spread them throughout my tanks. I put them below the root feeding plants that need them. Usually 3-4 underneath big and heavy root feeders, like Amazon swords, and 1 below other plants (or 1-3 below a close group of plants).

I add more every few months, or whenever I notice that the plant might need them.

I make my own.
 
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Well I'm going to give it a shot, I'll go by Evermans tomorrow to get the gel caps. Thanks for the reply's.
 

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Iverg1 said:
I am curious why you would want to make your own
It's cheaper and better than Flourish or API root tabs. Osmocote Plus also lasts about twice as long (or more).
 

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yukondog said:
Well I'm going to give it a shot, I'll go by Evermans tomorrow to get the gel caps. Thanks for the reply's.
Good luck. You can order the gel caps online in varying quantities. Have fun.
 
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I got the gel caps locally at Evermans health store.
 
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