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Dosing Planted Aquarium Nutrients


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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Freshwater Planted Aquarium Suggested Dosing for a Planted Aquarium*
It won't always be necessary to dose your aquarium with each of the products in the Flourish line, but as an example, we have developed one possible dosing regimen using all of our plant products. This is by no means the only way to dose your aquarium; it is merely a suggestion. Your dosing regimen will depend greatly on a variety of factors, including lighting, initial water quality, how heavily stocked your aquarium is, substrate selection, and types of plants; so don't be surprised if getting the results you want takes a little experimentation.

Day of the Week Product Dose
Day 1 Flourish
Flourish Excel
Flourish Iron
Flourish Phosphorous
Flourish Nitrogen
1 cap (5 ml) per 60 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 10 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
1/2 cap (2.5 ml) per 40 US gallons
1/2 cap (2.5 ml) per 40 US gallons
Day 2 Flourish Trace
Flourish Excel
Flourish Iron
1 cap (5 ml) per 20 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
Day 3 Flourish Potassium
Flourish Excel
Flourish Iron
1 cap (5 ml) per 30 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
Day 4 Flourish Trace
Flourish Excel
Flourish Iron
Flourish Phosphorous
Flourish Nitrogen
1 cap (5 ml) per 20 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 40 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 40 US gallons
Day 5 Flourish Potassium
Flourish Excel
Flourish Iron
1 cap (5 ml) per 30 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
Day 6 Flourish
Flourish Excel
Flourish Iron
1 cap (5 ml) per 60 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
1 cap (5 ml) per 50 US gallons
Day 7
(5% Water Change)
Prime
Alkaline Buffer
Acid Buffer
Equilibrium
Use 1 ml per 10 US gallons
Use as necessary to establish desired pH
Use as necessary to establish desired pH
Use as necessary to establish desired GH

*Information provided by SeaChem

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