Root Tab Question

Discussion in 'Plant Fertilizers' started by raptorsvt79, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. raptorsvt79

    raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

    do root tabs work ok in sand? and if so, should the root tabs be right next to the plants that you want nourished or can they be a few inches away.

  2. CichlidSWAGA

    CichlidSWAGAWell Known MemberMember

    i put mine in sand and it works. I put them about half an inch away from the plants
  3. OP

    raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

    about how many do you use in your tank? i have three set up in my 29 gallon

  4. apple429

    apple429Well Known MemberMember

    the back of the box says how many to put per square inches...
  5. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    yep they will be fine, follow the manufacturers recomendation but I beleive that seachem would equate to about one per 10gal of tank. I have used a bit more but that was only when I had ONLY heavy root feeders in the tank and nothing else.
  6. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    The instructions usually state to place a tab every 6 inches. However, I do not follow the directions because it caused a major fert OD and lead to algae. I also dose dry ferts in my high tech tank and that combination was far too much. So, now I add a tab per root feeder and make sure to always have at least 6 inches between tabs.

    Root tabs work with any substrate.
  7. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    That ^^^

    Except, I've never had anything major due to a fert OD, just slightly elevated parameters.
  8. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Good morning,

    I'm also using SeaChem Flourish Root Tabs in my 33g long tank. 1 box of 10 Tabs does the tank every 3 months. The tank is 48" long and 12" wide.

    Do you folks also dose every 3 months as the directions state? More often? Less often?

    I'm also using liquid Flora Pride every 10 days. I do 50% water changes in this tank every 5 days.

  9. escapay

    escapayWell Known MemberMember

    I have the Flourish Root Tabs, and then dose the tank maybe 1-2 times a month with Seachem Flourish. The dosing of the liquid isn't as frequent because I forget about it... not sure if I should start dosing more or not...
  10. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    Ken, I dose the root tabs every 3 months. I think I might actually have to either increase how often I add them, or start adding more, because my Lily is outcompeting everything near it >.<

    Your plants will love you if you start doing it weekly ;)
  11. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    I use Flourish Root Tabs every 3 months. I also have a 90G tank, so that could have been a factor as well. Now the tabs are placed on each side of my swords. Root base of my Amazon Sword is over 6 inches and my Ozelot Sword base is now 4 inches. These plants have grown into monsters! And when I forget the next dose of root tabs, their growth changes as they will display deficiency symptoms.

    Not trying to discourage usage, just to caution and to monitor parameters until you know how your tank may be affected.
  12. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember


  13. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes as Dena said, she is great with plants let me tell ya!! I would also add that the Nitrate form of nitrogen is the BIG paramter to watch after doing any fertz.

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