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  1. #1

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    Mar 2011
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    Default root tabs in sand substrate


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    I have a few plants planted into a sand substrate. How close to the plants should I place the tabs? Does the fertalizer leech out into the sand very far? Does any of it disperse into the water in the tank or should I also use liquid fertalizer for the floating plants? Is there a certain distance away from a plant that the fertilizer will not reach the plants roots? They are newish plants so they do not have many roots yet.
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    Glen Arm. MD
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    Happy Christmas - MuckyFish   thanks for advising on vegetables for my kribs! so here is a discus - ScottishFish   You help a lot - PhillipOrigami   For the bank account, and thx for the rep - Cliff   beautiful discus! - Crispy   

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    Most commercial boxes of ferts give directions - I believe mine said within six inches; of course, I refuse to use those things now since I discovered those tabs just hang around - I found three still in my sand after a year! I just use a few liquid and solid pure chemicals as ferts to cover the critical items my plants need but I have very large fish that produce most the other things my plants need.

    In direct answer to your question - the roots do not move to the tabs but the chemicals in the tabs diffuse through the sand to roots.
    Last edited by Cermet; 04-04-2011 at 12:46 PM.
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

    For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

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