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HC dry start: My first Iwagumi

Hey guys so I decided to start a dry start with HC. Here are my specs:

Flora: HC
Light: Finnex Fugeray
Hardscape: Petrified wood
Substrate: Fluval shrimp stratum
Ferts: API root tabs
Daily misting with hyrdrogen peroxide, nitrogen, potassium, trace







UPDATE 6/5/13: After 2 weeks. Some died off but there is still growth. Slow growth.


UPDATE 6/25/13: Im concerned with the lack of growth. No real change....still waiting.


I will update every week. I plan on flooding when roots settle and majority is covered. Im gonna mist with water mixed with a little flourish and (excel?). If the growth doesnt look good I'll add tabs during the dry start. When I add water Im going to dose with excel, flourish and KNO3. Lemme know what you guys think!

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You have a nice start to this tank. I really like the Petrified wood!

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You have a nice start to this tank. I really like the Petrified wood!
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nice start! are you going to put shrimp in?
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Curious to see how this turns out. keep us informed. looks great.
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nice start! are you going to put shrimp in?
most likely since im sure there will be an algae bloom when the water goes in.
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hey guys...so after week one there wasnt too much progress. there was the expected browning and some died off. there was some white stringy mold that was probably from excessive moisture so i sprayed with H2O2/water and left the top open. i replanted in some of the dead spots to fill it back in. i also added API root tabs to hopefully speed up the process.
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How is it going?
goin ok but slower than I expected. there are new leaves but the growth hasnt really taken off yet. im still spraying with H2O2 to prevent mold and fungus. i'll post a pic soon! thanks for checking in!
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UPDATE 6/5/13: After 2 weeks. Some died off but there is still growth. Slow growth.
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I think this'll look really cool as it fills in. What tank are you using?

Patience. It's growing a lot more than you can see. I've twice now watched HC grow from being planted in my aquarium with a time-lapse webcam setup. Both times it took about 2 weeks before I saw much of anything. What I did see were roots growing deep into the soil along the glass. It spends the first couple weeks growing down.

Here is an example from my current DSM. The substrate is 1.25" deep here (Fluval Shrimp Stratum):

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I think this'll look really cool as it fills in. What tank are you using?

Patience. It's growing a lot more than you can see. I've twice now watched HC grow from being planted in my aquarium with a time-lapse webcam setup. Both times it took about 2 weeks before I saw much of anything. What I did see were roots growing deep into the soil along the glass. It spends the first couple weeks growing down.

Here is an example from my current DSM. The substrate is 1.25" deep here (Fluval Shrimp Stratum):

I feel like its been a month just staring at these plants haha. I'm using a generic rimless glass tank I bought at this local fish store. I wish I planted more near the edges so I can see if theres actually root growth. After the hydrogen peroxide/water mist there has been no sign of mold or fungus ever since. As per your advice I'm staying away from the excel haha. Do you think I can go more than 2 months on a DSM?
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Do you think I can go more than 2 months on a DSM?
I've been doing DSM with my current HC plants since the end of Feb. That's a full 3 months. It'd be filled with water now if I didn't accidentally almost kill them twice with Excel.

So the plants can go longer than 2 months. Whether or not you can... I have no idea.
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