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Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants' started by David B. Diehl, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    My 75 gal tank has been set up for about a year now. With 80 lbs. of Eco-Complete under 50 lbs. of pool filter sand. Plants are growing ok but slower which I assume is good. When should I look to be adding fertilizers to it. Have Osmacote in #0 capsules ready to go. How much and when should I start, plants ran out of nutrients last time. Rocks in back have been removed they were limestone. 75 gal april 2017.jpg
     

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    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    It's the Osmocote smart release, same as what Tropica uses on their plants. The product code is 032247771603. It is for sale on e-bay by about 2 dozen dealers
     
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    David going by that bar code its not the Osmocote suitable for Aquariums.
    I strongly suggest you contact Osmocote as you can see there are many Osmocote slow release fertilisers and every one is for a particular job.
    https://www.scottsaustralia.com.au/contact-us/#Contact

    UPC 032247771603 has following Product Name Variations:

    1. Lb Flwr/Veg Plant Food
    2. (3) ea Osmocote, 1 LB, 14-14-14, Flower & Vegetable Time Release Plant Food
    3. Scotts Company 277160 Flower and Vegetable Smart Release Plant Food
    4. Osmocote Flower and Vegetable Smart Release Plant Food, 1-Pound
    5. 1lb Osmocote Flwr&veg 277160
    6. Osmocote Flower & Vegetable Plant Food, 14-14-14 Formula, 1-Lb.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Plan on switching it out for the Osmocote plus since this has a 90 guarantee and haven't used the filled gel caps yet. Do I really need it, has the Eco-Complete lost it minerals in a year?
    By the way hand is a lot better, almost 99% healed.
    The Amano shrimp work really fast, cleaned a Anubias Nana plant the size of a golf ball covered in algae over night.
    Since most of the rooted plants are in clumps, one root tab should do each clump. About the size of a fist, 6-7 for the tank.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    David as long as its for Aquarium/water plants/fish etc

    Good news about your hand.

    Sounds like you tank is settling in now.

    It always pays to double check your self, then there is the very old saying "If in doubt leave it out"

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Apparently the one everybody is selling on E-bay is NOT the one for aquariums. It has a blue packaging and says pond on it, now I just have to find it.
    So your suggesting to wait on the fertilizers?
     
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    They no longer produce it. Even tried Scotts direct.
     
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    Zeus Active Aquascaper

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    Could always switch to EI dosing for your ferts, I would imagine picking up the dry salts shouldn't be an issue!

    Sent from Mountolympus via neural interface
     
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    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Seems SCOTTS is in your neck of the woods, Australia. Product doesn't even show on their product list.
     
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    David

    Some where on ASW there is a copy of a reply from Scotts re that Osmocote and its use. This had me thinking it was designed for outdoor ponds cold water. If its used in a heated aquarium it might dissolve a lot faster like their garden Osmocote a few hot day it could used up all its nutrients.

    I have been using their Garden products for many years.

    Its only a local call for me I will ring them Tomorrow and see what they have to say.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Only difference I can find is besides the trace elements is one is 4 months and the pond one is 6 months.
    Also did not know Anubias bloomed underwater.
    It says pond and aquarium on label.
     
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    Dry salts cheap in post, easy to mix, best bang for buck, plants don't care about the label. Thank you Mr Barr

    Sent from Mountolympus via neural interface
     
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    No offence intended I have just been dealing with Keithgh along time since before this tank was started. He just knows my setup and conditions a little better.
    Also helped with my 55 gal and 20 gal tanks. Was looking for a system that was timed released.
     
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    In all my years I only ever used Liquid ferts plus the fert tabs for the rooted plants eg crypts.

    I have just spoken to Osmocote here is all the information they are in a Tablet form he double checked they are OK for a tropical tank 26-29c they should last about 6 months.

    https://www.scottsaustralia.com.au/...-trace-elements-water-gardens-aquatic-plants/
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    They are not granular that are scattered they are a tablet that is pressed into the substrate.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Searched on Bunnings site and they don't carry it. Do they sell in the US and if so where?
     
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