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Jason Miller " Jobe's or not"

I would introduce some grains of Osmocote slow-release (VERY low Phosphorus
type)into the substrate near the base of suffering plants, instead of Jobes
this early. Unless plant sticks are per-wrapped in Mexican Potters clay, I
would NEVER again use them "bearback" in an aquarium since they release
their nutrients too quickly. Nevertheless, I have found
Jobes-wrapped-in-clay and spiced a few bits of steelwool (for iron)
provides the most effective long-term perdictable slow release fertilizer
of them all.

~David Boukmn.  

>From: ruddigar at home_com
>Subject: Re: Jobe's or not
>A month ago, I set up a new planted tank with Flourite substrate and
>use Flourish and Iron once a week to fertilize.  I asked if I should add
>Jobe's spikes or not and the general consensus was that I should wait a
>month and see how the plants do.
>  For the past week I noticed that on my two large watersprite that some
>of the leaves were getting dark and decaying a bit.  I just took this as
>regular aging process.  But then I noticed that some of the leaves on my
>Hygro. sp. closest to the surface were getting a brown color.  I'm not
>sure if this is a deficiency of any of N-P-K, but I thought that adding
>a few pieces of Jobe's sticks wouldn't hurt.  
>  We'll see how they look in a month.
>Jason Miller
>Sherwood Park, AB