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Old 01-31-2012, 09:53 PM   #1
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DIY Root Tabs

Well, I'm a big DIY guy so I was pondering root tabs. Seems you can get some great results from this recipe: DIY - Root Tabs and save money! Anybody attempted this project or have some input?
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Here's a recipe:

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These are great root tabs made by yours truly with a blend of N P K and CSM+B (that's macros + micros) held together by a very high quality completely raw carbondale red clay (really high in iron).

The rough ingredient percentages are as follows
Clay- 48%
CSM+B 32%
Magnesium Sulfate 8%
Potassium Sulfate 8%
Potassium Nitrate 4%
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:18 PM   #3
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Ahhh, wish I had found that before hand! I only made like 2 dozen so not like I used up all my clay. Do you know how often they need replenished?
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I do not, but I would assume relatively the same as any other root tab... every month or two.
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Here's a recipe:

Following! Been looking for a recipe for a few days!


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Here are some more DIY threads
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...bs-273386.html

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I haven't used clay, but some of my club members do and they like it. I have capsules because that's what I bought from a hobbyist on The Planted Tank forum.

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Capsules seem to be the cheaper route. Does it matter what size the capsules are?


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You can also put some in an ice cube tray with a bit of water to cover it and then use them that way, also. It's free at least.
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Capsules seem to be the cheaper route. Does it matter what size the capsules are?


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Awesome! Thanks guys! I'll definitely be trying both!!!


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I'm probably going to buy some osmocote plus from amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GTDGMHC )and get a bunch of root tabs made up.. How many would a 2 pound bag make? 8lb bag?
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A ton. Enough to last for years unless you have a ton of tanks. If you are only working with a few tanks it's probably a lot cheaper and easier to buy some premade ones on ebay.
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A ton. Enough to last for years unless you have a ton of tanks. If you are only working with a few tanks it's probably a lot cheaper and easier to buy some premade ones on ebay.
I mean, can I get 100 tabs per pound? 50? 200?

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Bud29 probably knows the answer to this. I'll pm him

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It's been a while since I've dealt with smaller O+ quantities (been working with 50 pound bags for the most part) but I seem to remember that a 4.5 lb jug of osmocote would yield a little over 2,000 tabs. As jeta said, that is extreme overkill when just 100 tabs or so would last you a very long time.
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