I'm trying the DSM based on your suggestion. The folks at Aqua Forest didn't recommend it. They said people had issues with mold or fungus. Just like saltwater there are several ways to achieve success. I did just get a par meter the other day. You had recommended turning my lights down to a par of 50? Was that suggestion for the DSM or for all the time? I'm going to try the moss paint brush method. I love that idea.
Thanks. I like to experiment with different things.
I guess the DSM does not somehow.........also apply to Wabi Kusa either eh?
They recommend that.
If you cannot grow a terrarium I suppose I would not recommend it
I've never had issues with mold of fungus and if you do...it's because the tank is too sealed up, it needs to be a little vented and dry. Ignorance and failure are not good reasons not to recommend something. It's simply because Amano did not tell them to do it. If Amano came out with an article tomorrow, every ADA dealer would be singing the praises.
You can crank the light till you flood the tank though.
AFA's 180 p has around 40-50 umol along the bottom of the sediment, they had some HC doing well in there, Gloss and E. tennellus. So it grows fine at that umol. Also, since the tank has no plants on the front, pull the lights back towards the rear. 12-14" is a good height. You might have 50-70 umol since the tank's rear is higher.
This is fine.
Moss works great, this came from a long time ago when we needed to moss a bridge with stone and the stone was harsh looking. We blended the moss in water and milk and slapped it on in the spring while it was cool/moist. It took real quick. For aquariums, just 10 sec and in tank water with some light ferts.
Make sure there is some air, release, blow out the tank once a day etc. Do not leave it tightly sealed.
This is true for terrariums and Crypts etc.