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  1. I hadn't thought about what happens when the paper eventually breaks apart... After a quick google search, it looks like burlap will also break down, so I got a couple mesh media bags like @Guppysnail mentioned. Gonna poke some holes in that for roots to escape, see how that does.
  2. Hi Fellow Tankmates, Would this work? I've been thinking about reusing those cage baskets the Co-op sends their plants in. The slots are great for giving a plant's roots freedom to grow as they please, but are way too wide to keep its nutrients contained, so I was thinking I'd proceed like so: 1. Take a cage basket/pot. 2. Line with a mini coffee filter (unbleached!) like these, cutting a few tiny holes so roots will have an easier time escaping, while keeping the nutrients inside to give the plants a jumpstart. 3. Fill the filter with a soil like eco-complete, some laterite, then top off with whatever gravel the plant is going into. Thoughts?
  3. Apparently kale is the calcium king of the veggies, so a leaf or two of that a week might work well if you want to go the organic route.
  4. So the way I'm reading that is these tabs contain 2.59% N, 1.59% P, and 9.98% K, while the rest is comprised of the trace elements/materials that are also listed? Seems like a high percentage of Potassium, but then I guess that means I don't have to go out and get a dedicated liquid Potassium fertilizer...
  5. Hello, Fellow Tankmates, So, I noticed on the Root Tab bottle a set of three numbers following NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium). The numbers are 2.49; 1.59; and 9.98, but there are no units assigned to them. Are they percentages? Milligrams? Inquiring minds want to know!
  6. When my tank is looking at little more presentable, probably. There's a fair amount of green spot algae on the front, which I don't want to just scrape off, as I've plans to raise a couple juvenile Panda Garras in there, and I want them to have as much biofilm to munch on as possible.
  7. Thanks for all your input, fellow tankmates! I ended up keeping the repens in the cup a little longer, then spread out the 3 individual plants (technically 4, there's a little daughter plant growing from the largest of them) when I was re-arranging the decor in the tank. Added some Seachem Phosphorus (this tank has plenty o' Nitrogen), and there's already a little bit of new growth!
  8. So, a few weeks ago, I made my first Co-op purchase in the form of an S. repens, a Water Sprite, and a Water Wisteria. Those latter two were purchased as potential floating plants which, so far, has been working with the Sprite, but the Wisteria melted completely away in about a week (which the Co-op was awesome in refunding me for my loss). Meanwhile, the repens I bought because I liked the idea of it is a very unique carpeting plant for my 10-gallon (I'm imagining a school of Corydoras or Sidthimunki Loaches cruising among the leaves - a very lower canopy, if you will). Anyway, the specimen I got is looking so nice in its little plastic cup it came in, I'm worried that my historically black thumb will rear its ugly head and kill the plant if I do anything to change its current setting (and consider getting a few more for the carpeting project). Also, regarding those black cups and rockwool - is the prospect of becoming rootbound a valid concern? I've seen that the Co-op sells a decor piece that will fit one of these cups - they have an entire youtube video about them), But wouldn't such a decoration make being rootbound even more of a problem? Or will most plants' roots push through the rockwool and spread out on their own?
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