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On 8/8/2021 at 8:34 PM, Patrick_G said:

I’ve had quite a few stems rot when I first add them to my tank. You can let them float just above the substrate until they have new roots and are acclimated to your tank. If you’re not adding some fertilizer try some Easy Green! 

I have easy green but it was a new planted tank and I want it to settle!

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On 8/8/2021 at 10:29 PM, Patrick_G said:

It’s important to get some nutrients to the plants as soon as possible. Sort of like adding some compost and watering a new garden plant. Give it the best chance for success. 

Agree. I soak mine when I get them in 1 gallon of used tank water and 1 pump of easy green for a day or 14 if I don’t know my supplier. Easy green is great stuff even if I’m too chicken to put it in my tanks 🤣

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Here's what the Easy root tabs contain:

Easy Root Tabs Contain:

  • Mineralized Top Soil
  • Red Clay
  • Magnesium
  • Nitrate
  • Phosphate
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Molybdenum
  • Iron

No ammonia spikes out of those.


For those who might not have access to Easy root tabs.


Seachem Flourish root tabs:

Amounts per 1 g  
Total Nitrogen (N) 0.8%
0.8 % Water Soluble Nitrogen  
Available Phosphate (P2O5) 0.11%
Soluble Potash (K2O) 0.28%
Calcium (Ca) 23.3%
Magnesium (Mg) 0.29%
0.06% Water Soluble Magnesium  
Sulfur (S) 16.5%
Boron (B) 0.003%
Cobalt (Co) 0.002%
Copper (Cu) 0.006%
0.001% Water Soluble Copper (Cu)  
Iron (Fe) 3.07%
3.07% Water Soluble Iron (Fe)  
Manganese (Mn) 0.16%
0.16% Water Soluble Manganese (Mn)  
Molybdenum (Mo) 0.0005%
Zinc (Zn) 0.003%
0.003% Water Soluble Zinc (Zn)  

Derived from: Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Magnesium Chloride, Ferrous Gluconate, Cobalt Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Boric Acid, Sodium Molybdate, Zinc Sulfate, Hydrolyzed Yeast.


No ammonia spikes out of those either.

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