I was just sitting around this Sunday evening with some extra time on my hands and I thought I would stop in and share some of my thoughts about how my DSM with HC is going.
This is a true test to my patience and needless to say this is my first time attempting a DSM. The challange is not to second guess yourself and trust the simplicity of the method. AKA don't tamper to much with the tank and just let things work themselves out. If you look back a post, you will see picture of my HC turning yellow and bits of it browning. After taking comments and suggestions, I believe that its the transition from submersed to emmersed. I thought for a second that it was from a lack of nutrients, but I just don't think so. I did put some ferts in yesterday but today I took that water out via chicken baster and added fresh tap back in. This comming Wednesday will be the one month mark; however, I am in no hurry. I rather have a timely success then a quick failure.
On another note, I have my DIY Paintball CO2 System ready to go. I have never used this thing before. I am really excited to figure out how to dial it in and get the right balance with my light, ferts, and CO2.
Speaking of fertilizers, I ordered SeaChem Flourish 4 pack of fertilizers however, as I understand it the dry ferts are a cheaper way to go. I think for now I will stick to the ever so popular SeaChem. As my tank matures, I can always switch over in the future.
I have these Manzanita branches too for my moss tree. Although my main goal for this tank is simple. Learn to successfully grow a thick & healthy bed of HC, I want to try the tree moss idea.
Oh wow, they just announced the reunion of the spice girls! lol
Before I flood which is over a month and a half away at least, I need to research a couple things in order to minimize algae:
- How much ferts to dose (EI).
- How to dial in the Paintball CO2 system
I find this hobby to be amazingly interesting. I find myself wanting to learn more and more about the specifics to create a beautiful healthy tank.
Anyways, that's all for now. Thanks for reading.