So, update time. The dry start is going really slow. You probably can't even really tell their is growth in the pictures. About half of the grass has yellowed but is now putting out new runners. Some has stayed green and is still putting out runners. They are really small and don't make much of an impact. I have also been breaking large clumps up, so many of the smaller clumps don't show up in pics.
The only thing I have changed is I added a heat mat. It has increased the humidity but has had no impact on growth, that I can tell. It is a good "safety net" as I don't need to spray as often and I am not home a lot. You can see this in the first picture, I wiped the glass down for the rest.
I also added a 3 watt LED on a goose neck from Ikea. It clamps on and has some sort of optics so it looks really good. It is also really easy to position in different ways to get different effects. I tried it on a filled 20 Long and it looks great. It shimmers really good and doesn't have "hot spots". My only complaint is it is a bit yellow, which actually looks pretty natural, but I wish it was a bit more white. In the last pictures you can see it's real color, and the color I wish it was. It's $14.99 at Ikea.
Lastly, I bought an electrical timer. Only reason for this is it is in my bedroom and I have trouble getting to bed. Even though my mechanical timer is really quiet, it often makes it hard to sleep. $20 well spent HAHA.
I am not in a rush to fill but I think it is going to take awhile. I need this to be fairly planted before I fill to keep anything resembling the slopes that are there now. Hopefully breaking up the clumps will help get this going, the roots are deep when I pull things out. There just isn't enough coverage.
Anyway, on to the pictures...
How it looks normally:
How it looks after wiping down the glass for pics:
Right side (as best I can with my bed in the way)
New runners, you can see how small they are, especially the two groups closest to the middle
Top, no noticeable growth but it's there
With moon light (it's not as orange)
Messing with camera settings, this would be the perfect color