Flourish Trace™ supplies a broad range of trace elements demonstrated to be necessary for proper plant health and growth (see below for signs of deficiencies). Trace elements are normally depleted by utilization, oxidation and precipitation. The latter two processes occur more rapidly than with other micronutrients. This makes it important to restore trace elements on a regular basis. Flourish Trace™ is safe for invertebrates such as shrimp.
We normally recommend one start with Flourish® and/or Flourish Tabs™. These provide a broad range of micro-nutrients (vitamins, amino acids) and micro and trace elements (iron, manganese, nickel, cobalt, etc) that will enhance plant health and growth. If the growth rate is substantial the trace elements are often utilized more rapidly than the other components in Flourish®, thus in this case it would be beneficial to also employ Flourish Trace™ along with Flourish® and/or Flourish Tabs™.
Sizes: 50 mL, 100 mL, 250 mL, 500 mL
Signs of Trace Element Deficiencies
Boron: Death of stem and root apical meristem, leaves twisted, young tissue most affected
Cobalt: used for nitrogen fixation, same as nitrogen deficiency signs (stunted growth)
Copper: Young leaves dark green, twisted, wilted, tip remains alive
Manganese: Chlorosis of young leaves, with smallest veins remaining green, necrosis between veins
Molybdenum: Chlorosis, twisting, death of young leaves
Zinc: Reduced leaf size, shortened internodes, chlorosis, spotted leaves, older leaves most affected
Nickel: lack of germination or seed formation, required for iron absorption
Use 1 capful (5 mL) for every 80 L (20 US gallons) twice a week. When using in conjunction with Flourish®, dose on alternate days.
Will the recommended dosages of Flourish Trace™ cause an increase in general water hardness?
A: Because the elements are in trace amounts, they should not increase your general hardness. The trace elements in Flourish Trace™ are either utilized, oxidized or precipitated from solution.
Under what circumstances would I use Flourish Trace™ if I'm already using Flourish?
A: Flourish Trace™ is a supplement based on the National Academy of Sciences findings that certain trace/ultra-trace minerals are necessary for development of plant life. These trace/ultra-trace minerals are rapidly consumed and depleted through chemical means, some in mere hours. Flourish® is an organically based supplement. The use of Flourish Trace™ will give you a way to dose back these trace/ultra-trace minerals without doubling up on the organics found in Flourish®. I would use them preferably on alternate days to keep a constant influx of these trace/ultra-trace minerals available to your plants.
Can I use Flourish Trace™ daily with Flourish® (weekly) and Flourish Iron™ (daily)?
A: Flourish Trace™ can be used daily. It is probably not necessary unless you have lush plant growth in your aquarium. If your aquarium is sparsely planted, using this product daily will be wasteful.