Definitely go with UG if you can wait out the DSM on it. I hear things about it needs to be trimmed alot so the under carpet doesn't die and uproot itself. too bad you don't have your highest wood just above the water line. you could do an awesome above UG effect
. Actually seeing the stems poking out of the water - making their carnivorous trap.
That pic is awesome! That'd be so cool, and almost makes me want to modify my branches a little before I start planting. I am definitely going with UG. A 4x4 section is showing up tomorrow, and I'll be planting immediately and doing a shortened DSM.
I was thinking about my last DSM, and I don't think I have the patience to do that here. However, one huge advantage of a DSM is getting good strong deep roots before you flood the tank. So I thought I'd try a short 2 week DSM period. With the HC DSM I did, the first 2 weeks was all roots, and then the plants took off. I'm not looking to grow it out with full coverage, as that should happen just fine under water with CO2. I just want it to root good and deep first, which I'm expecting should take about that long.
Also, I'm taking an idea from mot's Moss Canyon journal
, and blending up some of my moss and then mixing it with yogurt to spread on the branches where I want it. Then during the DSM you keep the moss misted and damp. You end up with incredibly dense moss growth, and I think the look he attained was pretty fantastic and better looking than when you just tie the moss to a branch. His DSM period to let the moss attach was about 4 weeks, but I think the moss should attach in 2 weeks. I'm going to have a loose test piece in there with moss on it that I can dip in water at the 2 week mark to see if it's attached.
I'm hoping that my hybrid approach of just allowing the plants to attach and root through a short DSM and then flooding the tank works out. I don't feel like waiting 1-2 months before I get to enjoy this thing. I'm thinking that with plenty of CO2, light, and ferts, it should pan out well for me.