Last week I grabbed some ferts out of my fridge and fed them a little. The next day they were melting. If you look at the current pic in the first post, it's gone downhill fast.
I was pretty confused at first, but then recall that I put excel in my ferts to keep them from getting mold. I'm fairly certain that's the killer again. I feel like a total idiot for forgetting that. That's now 3 times I've halted progress and killed plants during this dry start. I'm a bit frustrated with myself.
As I had mentioned 2 weeks ago, I was a [curse word] [curse word] and crashed my DSM by not leaving it alone. After 2 weeks, the situation has stabilized (HC stopped dying), so I dropped in some more HC to help fill back in faster. If I hadn't have killed it off so much, the tank would be flooded right now.
Anyway, here is the final kill off photo taken this morning before replanting. As you can see it's fairly substantial:
Here is how it looks now that I've filled it back in with about $10 worth of HC from the LFS:
I'll probably have to wait 2 weeks no matter what just to let the new stuff take root or it'll float. And from what I've seen after planting twice so far is that it takes 2 weeks before the new stuff starts spreading anyway.
This will probably go down in history as the slowest DSM ever performed.
The good thing is it's just sitting on my desk at work, so it's a fun learning experience and I'm not really bent out of shape over any of it.