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Dosing schedule for Seachem Traces & Seachem Iron

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Recently I have purchased Seachem Flourish Traces & Seachem Flourish Iron. I have a 90G planted tank with dense plantation, high light & CO2 injected. What should be my dosing pattern for Seachem Flourish Traces & Seachem Flourish Iron so as to get the best benefit out of them?

I dose macros seperately in the form of KNO3 & KH2PO4.

Thanks in advance for your inputs.


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Dump the whole bottle of Seachem Trace in the tank. You won't notice a bit of difference in anything. IMHO Seachem Trace is the one truly bad item in the Seachem line.

If you want to dose traces with the Seachem line then use Flourish. As for the Seachem Iron dose to label directions.
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On my 20 gallon with 2X24 HOT5's running 9 hours a day I use 10mL every other day. So with a 90 gallon with comparable lighting, and plant density dose 4.5 times more. I don't mess with trace or iron. Keep is simple with macros and flourish for micros.
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Here is SeaChem's suggested dosing chart. I follow this fairly closely on my 40G tank. Just adjust the amounts based on your size of tank.

http://seachem.com/support/PlantChart.pdf
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Hi!

@ IUnknown - Thanks for your comments. Does it mean that you don't use Flourish Traces? Rex has stated that Foourish Traces seems to be absolutely useless. Unfortunately the Seachem products are unavilable in India and I had to get my stuffs from Singapore. By mistake instead of Seachem Flourish, my friend picked up Seachem Flourish Traces. So as of now I am left with no other alternatives but to use this. But if the general opinion is that Flourish Traces is useless then probably I will have to think of something as I don't want to mess with my plants. What do you suggest?


@ krisw - Thanks for the link.
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Check this out for F. Trace

Guaranteed Analysis
Boron (B) 0.0028%
Cobalt (Co) 0.00003%
Copper Cu) 0.0032%
Manganese (Mn) 0.085%
Molybdenum (Mo) 0.0003%
Zinc (Zn) 0.0169%
Rubidium (Rh) 0.000008%
Nickel (Ni) 0.000003%
Vanadium (V) 0.000002%
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Total = 0.108243% trace elements and 99.891757% solution

or 0.1% trace elements and 99.9% water


Well anyway, Seachem calls for around 20 ml twice a week for your size tank.





For your size tank, Seachem recommends 20 ml twice a week.
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Thanks Left C. As the % of traces is negligible, do you think it is worthwhile trying to dose this i.e, F Trace or should I use Flourish?

BTW, I have got hold of a locally available micronutrient mix with the following composition:-

7% Fe, 1.3% B, 2% Mn, 0.06% Mo, 0.4% Zn, 0.1% Cu, EDTA

Do you think it would be good idea to start using this?
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I wouldn't throw away or waste F. Trace. I'd use it like Seachem recommends even though it's 99.9% water..

Look at this comparison:

Your mix: 7% Fe, 1.3% B, 2% Mn, 0.06% Mo, 0.4% Zn, 0.1% Cu, EDTA

Flourish:
Total Nitrogen 0.07%
Available Phosphate ( P2O5) 0.01%
Soluble Potash 0.37%
Calcium (Ca) 0.14%
Magnesium (Mg) 0.11%
Sulfur (S) 0.2773%
Boron (B) 0.009%
Chlorine (Cl) 1.15%
Cobalt (Co) 0.0004%
Copper (Cu) 0.0001%
Iron (Fe) 0.32%
Manganese (Mn) 0.0118%
Molybdenum (Mo) 0.0009%
Sodium (Na) 0.13%
Zinc (Zn) 0.0007%

F. Trace:
Boron (B) 0.0028%
Cobalt (Co) 0.00003%
Copper Cu) 0.0032%
Manganese (Mn) 0.085%
Molybdenum (Mo) 0.0003%
Zinc (Zn) 0.0169%
Rubidium (Rh) 0.000008%
Nickel (Ni) 0.000003%
Vanadium (V) 0.000002%
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I think your mix and F. Trace will be fine together. You are already dosing the macros and you have good lighting and a pressurized CO2 system.

But (this is a big but) I don't know how much of your mix that you need to dose. Someone else will have to help here.
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Thanks LeftC for your valuable inputs. I seriously hope someone is able to help me with the right dosing schedule for my locally available micrinutrient mix.
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That trace mineral mix is very close to Plantex CSM. So you could just follow posted dosing for Plantex.
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