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Old 02-18-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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Root Tabs/Fert?

Hey everyone, I was just watching a little gardening show on tv, and they were talking about clay balls in the soil to help with nutrients. I just bought a big box of clay to add to my soil a couple weeks ago and got almost the full 5 lbs left still, so I was thinking about popping a few extra ball of clay in the pots I got in my aquarium. Any thoughts on if this is a smart or dumb idea? lol

Also, I was thinking of taking it a step further and using a pen to make a hole to the middle of the ball, and shove some potting soil or other nutrients in it, then then closing the balls off. Maybesome soil then a few drops of flourish or something along those lines.

Any ideas? Like I said, just a thought, please dont crucify me if its stupid! haha
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Clay is what most root tabs use as a binder, so it's not a bad idea. My root tabs just consist of clay and various dry macro/micro ferts mixed together and dried.
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You can put a few granules of osmocote or some blood and bone in the middle of the clay balls.
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nice man, I actually seen your recipe when I searched the forum and am planning on trying it once I get the proper ingredients. This just kinda became a spur of the moment interest so I'm going to do a few tests and see what happens.

I also have this stuff used for vegetable plant food. Cheap stuff called "Speedy Green" I was going to try putting in the middle. Its like little rock granules, and I'll take a pic of the ingredients on the back. It says it contains 4.3% Urea Nitrogen and 2.4% Ammoniacal Nitrogen. Honestly, with the tiny ammount of the stuff I will be using I doubt it'll be a problem, but I have read high doses of this stuff is bad, what you think?

oops forgot the pic hold on... lol
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:54 PM   #5
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OK my camera decided to suck and was too blurry to read the words so here I go...

Ingredients:
Total N --------------------------- 12%
ammoniacal Nitrogen----- 2.4%
nitrate Nitrogen ---------- 5.3%
urea Nitrogen ------------ 4.3%

Avail. Phosphate ---------------- 5%
Soluble Potash ------------------ 7%
Calcium ------------------------- 8.3%
Total Magnesium --------------- 1.31% (water soluble)
Zinc ----------------------------- 0.5%
Boron --------------------------- 0.1%
Sulfur --------------------------- 0.5%

Derived from: Urea P{olymer Urea Ammonium Sulfate, Mono Ammonium Phosphate, Potash, Calcium Carbonate, Mg Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Boron

The more I typed the worse it kept sounding lol! Yay or Nay?

And thanks Mumma! Just googled it, you have used this yourself?
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I use osmocote minus the clay and I use DIY clay and blood & bone tabs (that I didn't make myself lol).
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good stuff thank you!
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I'd avoid using ferts that contain ammonia if you plan to have stock in the tank, with it buried it *shouldn't* release much, if any, of that ammonia into the tank (assuming a deep substrate), but there's no sense in risking it. Remember that we measure ammonia in PPM, as in parts per million, so it only takes a tiny bit to become a big problem.
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I'd avoid using ferts that contain ammonia if you plan to have stock in the tank, with it buried it *shouldn't* release much, if any, of that ammonia into the tank (assuming a deep substrate), but there's no sense in risking it. Remember that we measure ammonia in PPM, as in parts per million, so it only takes a tiny bit to become a big problem.

where do you get the dry ferts you use in your root tabs? do you buy online?
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Yeah, it's easier to just buy them all from a vendor online like Bobs Tropical Plants or Planted Aquarium Fertilizer - , , , , Planted Aquarium Fertilizer - , , , but you can also buy most of the macros locally, kno3 is found in a stump remover (i forget which brand) and mgso4 is epsom salt. Another place to check locally is hydroponics shops.
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