12-03-2012, 12:19 AM #1
Root tabs and liquid fert or just liquid?
Substrate designed for a planted tank, the one they sell on aquariumplants.com
I know my lighting is fine and that I don't need to dose CO2 thanks to 850R, she has an almost identical setup only difference is she has a different substrate and her tank looks awesome!
The question I have is will we need to use root tabs with our substrate, the substrate says it has nutrients built in. The website lists a whole bunch that is in the soil. I want to do the tank right but I don't want to over complicate it either.
12-03-2012, 12:59 AM #2
IMO - I would still use root tabs. They advertise that the soil with root tabs would be a 'complete system' which would imply to me that additional substrate ferts are [At least usually] required although this naturally depends on the plants you get also.
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12-03-2012, 01:34 AM #3
I have plant substrate myself, and I use root tabs. I also use Excel, but that's mainly because it keeps the bg algae away.130g: 7 Angelfish, 1 Bolivian, 17 Neon Tetras, 14 Serpae Tetras, 9 Kuhli Loaches, 1 Otocinslus, ? Ghost Shrimp
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12-03-2012, 02:00 AM #4
Ok so root tabs it is!
I have been dosing excel so far, but I am hesitant to continue it because we added corkscrew Val's and I read that Val's don't do well with excel.
12-03-2012, 02:47 AM #5
Not to mention our poor vals are melting horribly - just from being newly planted in a cycling tank?
Or from the excel?
Any hope for them?
I wonder if I planted them a little deep also, but otherwise the little buggers wouldn't stay in the substrate - tried to get them just deep enough to stay.
12-03-2012, 03:02 AM #6Member Oscar
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If I'm not mistaken, the aquariumplants.com substrate is an inert substrate. The minerals listed are the minerals comprising the substrate but are not really biologically available to plants, except in a minor way. The same goes for Flourite and Eco Complete. It's all just advertising.
Root tabs or water dosing is a necessity.