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    Default Seachem Flourish root tabs any issues with PH changes? or the copper?


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    I switched from api root tabs to these and I noticed they mentioned you can have "slight" drop in ph with soft water. Out of the tap my ph is 7 I haven't gotten test kits for GH or KH; my Ph is at 6.0 with all the driftwood I have and I still change 50% of the water in my 29g twice a week and it stays at a steady 6 to 6.4 at most.

    I also read online people saying these killed their shrimp or snails. I'm new to additives in general and I'm probably over reacting but with such low ph already and MTS in there I thought I'd check with people who know. I only put 3 in near my root plants ; it's been a lil over a month since I put 10 api tabs in as well. I'm trying to scale up my additives with the amount of plants.
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    The tabs should only alter the water column if they have been uprooted and exposed. I know sometimes when I'm vacuuming the sand I may accidentally pull up one of the partially dissolved root tabs and some of the black flourish would cloud the water very slightly. I don't see how these tabs would significantly alter water parameters if buried deep enough and the substrate above is not frequently disturbed, you should be fine.

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    since they are the tabs i wouldnt worry too much, i added them to my RCS tank and no issues at all. i never saw a ph drop either... great product. i guess if the substrate was inert then it might leach into the tank but im not sure... im using eco complete
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    They are one of my staple ferts.

    I buy them in the 40 packs [Used in both inert sand and fluorite] and the only issue I have ever had is when I run out. :-P

    Snails/shrimp = no issues but then again I have I have Viagra hard water that's stable at 7.6Ph.
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    Yeah I buy them in the 40 packs too, works out way better than the 10s, I guess it would leach slightly if you're using something inert such as pool sand but the plants should be absorbing the nutrients. From what I've noticed, they don't dissolve right away. I've uprooted plants that had their roots wrapped into the tabs, it really works.

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    PFS, Black Diamond & Tahitian Moon Sand, Never noticed any leeching though I have heard tales of people with larger pebble substrates having leaching. & Yeah, they stay solid for a long time.
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    Depends on the plants. Some, like swords, like the ferts at their roots. Others get ferts from their leaves.

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    I have inert Tahitian sand but I put them down near the bottom. Should I add more or wait awhile; I have a quite a few rooted planets.
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    Depends on the plant really, some are heavy root feeders such as swords.

    I had a giant amazon sword with 2 of the tabs at the base and my crypts only have one each. You don't need to place that many of them.

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    Do plants like water sprite java moss and java fern benefit at all from root tabs? or should I be using liquid fert for them? Also I have activated carbon from the seed media I got from the pet shop should I be taking that out on account of it absorbing some of the nutrients?

    I'm not sure exactly what kind of amazon swords I have but even with only 36 t-5 watts it grows good and I also have a four leaf clover plant kind of a mix and match of plants I got mostly for free. I can't wait til my driftwood all finally sinks the 2 small pieces are almost there but the one big centerpiece is like 4 inches across and last time I had it dried out it took me 4 months to sink. Once it does I'm going to do a proper planted tank since the only 2 LFS within 100 miles have crap plants I'm going to get a nice bundle of low light plants off mikeswetpets on aquabid.

    Atm I still have the rooted plants in those bundles with what feels like lead wrapped on the bottom of them it's some kind of soft metal I doubt they would use lead but that's the feel it has. Planting them properly would only end up with me replanting them when the driftwood sinks; I'm really tired of waiting for it to finally sink but what can ya do. I've thought about taking it out but then I'd only have 2 little pieces of driftwood I found myself walking the creeks and it is a really nice centerpiece and anchor for plants. I took a section of pothos and tied it to the big driftwood and its doing great underwater wrapping it's roots around the driftwood.
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