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Root Tab Test: ThriveTabs Vs. FlourishTabs


I have been developing a root tab to accompany my Thrive line of liquid fertilizers.  I finally have it ready.  I had them pressed into tablet form.  I figured it would be a good time to do a proper comparison between my ThriveTabs and the highly regarded Flourish Tabs from Seachem.  

Here is a link to ThriveTabs: Click Here

Here is a link to where I purchased the Flourish Tabs: Click Here

Setup of the tanks:

Both tanks are penn plax 2.7g tanks with small hob filters.  I have a dual t5ho hung above with the tanks centered to get even light distribution.  I added ~64oz of pool filter sand into each tank and filled with RO water.  I added 4ml of ReGen Gh booster and 2ml of ReKHarb Kh booster.  The following should give me roughly 8dGH and 4dKH.

The tanks were setup on 11/7/17 and on that day I added an even as possible assortment of crypts from another tank I have setup.  At this point the ThriveTabs are still en route to me from the tabletting company so for now I will not be adding any nutrients other than the GH and KH boosters.

I plan to run the light 6 hours per day and may alter as we go depending on the looks of the plants and algae.  I do not plan to use any other fertilizer other than the respective root tabs.

Here are some pictures from the setup and planting process.

-Tanks setup

-Crypts going into the ThriveTabs test tank

-Crypts going into the Flourish Tabs test tank

- Tanks planted

I should have the ThriveTabs later this week, maybe early next week.  Once I get them I will add the tabs and do some update pictures.  


Colin / NilocG

Update 11/14/17------------

I have the ThriveTabs, you can see them on the right side next to the Flourish Tab:

Here is the tank shortly after adding the root tabs, a week with no nutrients has not been nice to the crypts, especially the tank on the right(ThriveTabs tank).

Other than that really noting to update at this point.  I will keep everyone updated.


Colin / NilocG


Here are some current pictures.  Last week I upped the hours of light to about 11, I am starting to see a little algae, I am going to perform a 50% water change later today and reduce light by an hour or two.  Definitely starting to see new leaves popping out so it appears the plants have transitioned to the new tanks well.

Some of the leaves have died back a bit or have damage from being moved, I have decided to trim them, below are pictures following the light trim.


Colin / NilocG


Here are a few pictures after a 50% water change.  Definitely seeing some nice growth.  Recently algae has become an issue for the FlourishTab tank, pretty minimal in the ThriveTab tank.  I am going to try to do a few more water changes to see if I can help stop the algae.

2/618-  Long awaited update:  Life has been really busy the past couple months and I have completely neglected both tanks.  I have not done a water change since the last post.  I also added nothing to the tanks.  The algae seems to have cleared in both tanks however.  Also for about the past week I do not think the light was turning on each morning.  Not sure why, but its the same light over both tanks so it was even as far as that is concern.  Some scientific test huh??  While this was never intended to be completely scientific, more observational, I think it shows a more real world test with the neglect we all show our tanks from time to time.  Anyways on to the pictures.  Ignore the junk flying around, I did a 50% water change and cleaned the filters, which stirred up a bunch of junk.  I also added the kh and gh boosters, other than that nothing has been added to either tank sans the root tabs.

EDIT:  as you can see I did add heats to both tanks, the tanks are setup in an area that can get down into the 50s at night, I have both tanks set to 75deg.

Side By Side Picture after the water change

Up close of the FlourishTabs tank

Up close of the ThriveTabs tank

2-20-18 Update

Quick update- I just did a water change, I also decided to add some stem plants.  I did this for two reasons, number 1 one wanted to see what stems plants would do with root tabs only, and number 2 we should see faster growth out of these plants.  Crypts are great plants, maybe not the best plants for a test that was only supposed to take a few months.  Anyways here are the pictures.

Flourish Tabs Tank

ThriveTabs Tank

Update 3/6/18-  I think we are starting to see a difference between the two tanks.  The FlourishTabs tank is still growing but old leaves melt.  The crypts especially in the ThriveTabs tank are starting to take off, having many older leaves without any obvious appearance of deficiency.  BTW, that might change shortly, while doing a water change on the ThriveTabs tank I made a huge mess by accidentally dumping the water back in way too fast which up rooted one of the crypts and in general making a giant mess.

Flourish Tab Tank-  new leaves are appearing but you can see the bottom leaves turning white and melting away.

ThriveTabs tank-  as you can see its a bit of a mess but the crypts are definitely growing well.

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