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Weird white stuff after adding easy root tabs

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On 7/13/2021 at 8:51 AM, Mmiller2001 said:

So if the gel cap came up, just think where all the fertilizer went!!!

I think the tabs are little nutrient enriched clay balls so I assume they stayed in the substrate unless you can see them too

On 7/13/2021 at 5:11 AM, Tewhitte said:

Should I just leave it? It breaks apart when i try to get it out

As phantom says it's no problem.  If it's ugly and you don't want to look at it for the next day you could probably siphon it out

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On 7/13/2021 at 10:25 AM, Mmiller2001 said:

Pulled one apart, it looks like powder.




Huh, Interesting!


I know Cory said it's okay if they escape into the water column in terms of animal safety


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As others have said it's the gelatin that the outside of the tab is made of. 

The way they are made there's always a little air trapped inside and when used with lighter weight substrate I think that's the cause of this. 

Some people with this problem have reported success with poking holes in the ends up the tab with a push pin to allow the air to escape. 

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Yup its the gel on the outside.  Honestly, my bottom feeders make quick work of it within 1 to 4 days typically (or maybe it just fully dissolves?).  

And yup, the tanks that I have fluval stratum i always get one that floats up out of it due to how light it is.  As far as I can tell, the new nutrients remain either in the substrate or just on top.  I have had no problem with plants even if the gel tab works it way to the surface.  

My fish and plants seem to do perfectly fine and I have had this happened numerous times.

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