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  1. WOW this is funny...I too am thinking of doing a new tank with an UGF. Back in the day it was all we had and we managed to do very well with them. I am thinking with live plants it would have to be very beneficial to have constant nutrient rich water being passed over the roots. The only thing I am not sure of is whether or not to use root tabs?!? @Cory what are your thoughts on UGF with live plants and the use of root tabs?
  2. My tank has been up for almost a couple weeks now so I plan on buying plants soon but unsure if I should add the tabs in now or with the plants? I also bought Easy Green which I already put in.
  3. Hi, I thought I'd share something that I've noticed on the new website. On the wishlist page it says sold out whereas on the page for the individual product it appears to be fully in stock. I'm using Google Chrome as my browser while signed into the store.
  4. I added the easy root tabs to my aquarium for the first time yesterday. I tried to get them to the bottom of the substrate as directed. However, this morning I see what I believe to be the partially-dissolve capsules coming out of the substrate in a few places (see the white blobs in the pic). Is this normal? Do I need to remove these? Should I be worried? Thanks!
  5. https://www.plantedtank.net/threads/so-called-heavy-root-feeders-fact-or-fiction.876457/ I'll change my "root tabs are Hocus Pocus" to "root tabs are unnecessary".
  6. Hello all, I got a new plant and root tabs yesterday. I put them in the tank but did not realize that the root tabs float. A couple followed my tweezers up to the ecocomplete surface , swelled to be visible and popped. I noted two for sure that popped. Yesterday I did a 20% water change and rinsed my filter sponge in nonchlorinated water because I had a bit of melted plants in it. I also planted a monte carlo yesterday too. Today my nitrites are at like 2.0 ppm!! I have not had nitrites for like 2.5 weeks. I just did a 38% water change and added some more bacteria. What could have happened?
  7. All I managed in that time was one tiny 10% water change. I did not expect this success but wow. I can thank the Co-op for the plants, root tabs, easy green, & expertise. I'm feeling blessed today! See all the growth
  8. Any of you guys ever try DIY root tabs? Don't have too much money to spend on root tabs, but I only have an inert substrate of sand and pea pebbles (yeah, I know, my mistake. Got the wrong pebbles.) . I saw one day a few people were making their won root tabs (I was never interested in root feeding plants like swords) out of Osmocote Plus. Went in a little deeper and saw some people had great success with them and some people had little success with them. Obviously I also heard about people getting huge ammonia spikes with not digging them deep enough or planting too much at once, but I have about 3 inches of sand and gravel to plant them in and its a pretty shallow to dig in 10g so I'm not too worried about that (probably going to come back and bite me in the butt one day), and the deal sounds too good to pass up. I've also heard its a pretty slow release so you don't get quick growth, and I've heard other people say they worked quickly. I know it lacks iron but I'm not too worried about that, don't have many red plants or plan on getting too many. I already dose Easygreen, but I feel like some of my plants like my Jungle Val could benefit off of them (some people say they're root feeders, some don't). Also I already know that other tabs like Seachems are the best, but I like the little pills. Would love to hear your thoughts, although I feel like I'm not going to quite enjoy the answer.
  9. So I planted a bunch of plants over the last week and finally finished the last few this morning. I am using aquarium Co-Op root tabs, and there were 2 that didn't stay down enough and floated up so they were peeking out of the surface. I (stupidly) tried to push them back down causing them to explode everywhere and now the cories are eating the gel cap material?! It's so slippery and finicky I'm having trouble getting it out and the cories are literally tearing up plants to get to it. Are they going to end up getting sick? Should I do a water change or let the plants in the water column absorb the extra nutrients?? Sos pics of full tank to show. Only 2 tabs had this issue and both are on the left side
  10. Saw this in my tank this morning. It wasn't attached to anything and when I tried to pick it up with tongs it just fell apart. Very delicate. I ended up vacuuming it out. All of my water parameters are good. I did a water change last night and it was there when I woke up.
  11. I added root tabs to my new 65 gallon tank yesterday and this morning most of them are sticking out of the gravel. I saw a thread that mentioned poking a hole in the tab so they don’t float. I’ll try that but my question is, should I replace the the ones that popped up with new ones? If it matters, I just received and planted the plants yesterday. It was some crypts, an Amazon sword, octopus and Val. Thanks!
  12. I have a quotation. If I am using root tabs for my plants can I still use carbon in my filter or will the carbon remove the nutrients from the plants TIA
  13. I need advice! I was doing a water change this morning and my hand slipped while pouring the water into my tank, causing it to gush instead of gently pour. The water stirred up some root tabs that I had just put in last week, so now there are chunks of fertilizer floating in the water. Are my fish going to be ok? Is this going to mess up my chemicals? I have a 55 gal with a dozen guppies, a dozen cardinal tetras, a bristlenose pleco and some shrimp.
  14. So I decided to give root tabs another go in my 72g. I gave up root tabbing a while ago because my Dojo loaches just dig them up and chew the tabs all happy like. So I planted 7 root tabs this morning with my weekly water change and it looks like the dang dojos got 3 of them. Does anyone have any solutions for this besides using some food to get their interests elsewhere? That only works so much. Is there another way to get nutrients into the substrate? I've been using the co-op root tabs which are capsules. Is there another type of tab that is more of a tablet than capsule? Any help would be appreciated. Bonus image of a basking dojo after he's torn up a root tab.
  15. Hi, all. I put easy root tabs in my tank yesterday. I noticed that some of them came up through the substrate and ruptured. I don't think this is intended functionality. Is it? Anyone have a good technique that will prevent this from happening? Thanks, Dade
  16. So my fist round of scarlett temple failed miserably. Fish kept up rooting it and ied find it floating in the tank so I tried putting more of the stems in the substrate. Everything melted and died. That time I didnt have any ferts. This time I have all the easy line and root tabs. How should I go about planting the new stems when they get here to avoid this happening again? Everything is on it's way in the mail now.
  17. I recently bought my first two species of plants - vallisneria, and dwarf sagittaria. One reason I chose them is that I thought they only need liquid fert, but now I'm seeing that they *must* have root tabs. Which is it? Do they need root tabs? Frankly, I don't want to mess with it. (I was planning to buy more of the val and sag, but if they need tabs, I'll hunt down species that don't.) Thanks guys.
  18. I'm getting ready to start a new planted aquarium. I've watched videos that show people layering root tabs on a bed of substrate and covering them over with more material before adding water. It seems like a good way to get a nice bed of nutrients in the substrate to begin with. I'm curious to know if there's any issues with doing it this way. I've never used root tabs and not sure if there's any issue with useing too many at one time.
  19. new to plants ,been adding easy green....added more plants this week, also root tabs. Should I continue adding easy green once a week or an I over feeding? thanks dave
  20. I've been using Seachem Flourish in my 2 nano aquariums for 6 months now. There have been holes developing (low phosphate?) in some of my plants in the larger (10 gal) aquarium over the last month or so. Perhaps I'm not fertilizing often enough. I have rotalla indica, bucephelandra, java fern, java moss, elodia and another medium sized leaf stem plant. The livestock consist of 7 Endlers, 6 neons, 4 chery shrimp and 1 amano. My plants grow just fine, however the r. indica has lost a lot of its red, and the fish seem happy with slow nitrate development between water changes. Should I opt for the Easy Fert Package given my plant species or would Easy Green do me well?
  21. Sooooo, it is one of those days. I just finished planting my now properly identified crypts (thanks @Brandy). I want them to take off and give them a good kick start by adding lots of root tabs. It was also time to add some for other plants. Now I am freaking out, I also added 8 shrimp this afternoon. I added some yellow and blue. Did all the research.... and somehow forgot in the excitement of planting my plants that you have to be careful with copper and shrimp. Checked my tabs and sure enough it as some listed. Question: do I know need to undo my whole set up and find all the root tabs? Picture below of brand. I am in 🇨🇦 so unfortunately can't get Easy Tabs.
  22. Every time I plant a root tab into my substrate my mystery snail digs it up and eats it ... Any thoughts ??
  23. I think it would be fun to start 3 similar aquariums at the same time, but try 3 different strategies for the substrate and fertilizer. First a Walstad type dirted substrate - in this case dirt from my yard Second, CaribSea's Eco-Complete And third, a 'normal' tank with CaribSea's Peace Rive substrate supplemented with Aquarium Co-Op's Easy Root Tabs and Easy Green liquid fertilizer. For this experiment (okay, this is definitely not an experiment as I do not have a hypothesis, any controls, or replicants) I will use three 40 gallon breeder aquariums that will likely have sponge filters, heaters, and Finnex lights. It should take me about a week or two to gather all the resources for this experiment (again, definitely not an experiment as my N on each tank will be 1, but my fun quotient ought to be greater than 1 because this will also be an attempt to setup 3 aquariums that are some more than green water fry tanks or mulm factories).
  24. I am new to fish keeping. My 10 gallon tank turns a year old this week. I’ve decided to make the transition to live plants. On Saturday I added 3 plants to the tank along with a few of the marino moss balls. I added a bunch of the root tabs for the Amazon sword and other rooted plants added. I noticed that my swordtails we’re staying near the surface the next morning. I tested my levels and ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates were all through the roof. I did a 40% water change. I just tested again this morning and my numbers are still well elevated. I’m planning to do another water change. Did I add too many root tabs? I had tested the night before I added the plants and my numbers were perfect. I would appreciate any guidance. Obviously, I’m still learning and fear I messed something up. Thank you!
  25. This may be a dumb question, but do I have to dig around for my root tabs in order to put in new ones? Or do they dissolve in the substrate??
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