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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-12-2013, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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So I am starting what will eventually be a shrimp tank. I just got the tank set up for dry starting a moss carpet and i will wait until it fills in before I flood the tank, then cycle it, and then add shrimp.

What I have:
-5gal glass tank
-Whisper micro filter size medium (seems a little large but came with a tank package)
-Black aquarium sand
-1 led light (i don't know how much light it puts out)
-50W submersible heater
-A cheap fan
-Vesicularia dubyana (Singapore moss)

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this is what i put under the sand to give it its shape so i wouldn't have to buy a ton of sand
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here is what it looks like with the sand
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here is the moss i bought, then i chopped off this vine into small pieces.
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I spread it evenly over the sand and misted it with water from my other aquarium. i tried to upload a picture looking in from the top of the tank, but it won't work right now...

anyways-I hope you like it i'm open to suggestions. I will do an update on the growth in around a week.

thanks for looking

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-12-2013, 02:12 AM
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Pretty cool start!
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thanks!
do you think it would be ok to leave the lights on all the time to promote faster growth? i've heard about doing this before, but i don't know if it is good or not
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You'll want a photoperiod of 8-10 hours. Photosynthesis is the combination of light dependent (occur during the day) and light independent reactions (occur at night). If you leave the light on all the time you leave no room for light independent reactions.
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ok, thanks
does anyone have an idea on how long it will take to carpet?
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You also might wanna tie the moss onto SS mesh pieces. It'll be easier for the moss to grow.
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You also might wanna tie the moss onto SS mesh pieces. It'll be easier for the moss to grow.
i thought about it, A) but i can't get any locally and B) i was hoping this would work (if not i might try a mesh)
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Note that you aren't going to be able to keep shrimp with that filter unless you cover the intake area with a layer of sponge or with black pantyhose.

If you don't, smaller and baby shrimp will be sucked in and pulverized.
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somewhatshocked- thanks for confirming one of my unspoken questions, i was thinking i would have to do something like that i definitely will cover the intake somehow
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so as i am seeing more dry starts on this forum, i notice that a lot of the tanks are covered in cling wrap. i just have the aquarium top on mine, should i put cling wrap on too? i was worried about it getting moldy if it was too moist in the tank. I am currently spraying it 2-3 times a day with aquarium water, but it gets slightly dry when i'm gone during the day and overnight.
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i have been meaning to update, but i've been really busy! i will do that soon
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I have a few of these filters on non-shrimp tanks and covered the bottom of it with black knee highs that I cut in half and tied tight around it after I cut a small, tiny hole and let the suction cup through and it never comes off. I have snails in all my tanks and wanted to make sure I kept them out of the filter as best as I could. It's worked great so far for all of them with no issues.
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So i partially flooded that tank today to see if the moss was attaching at all-it isn't really (after reading more replies to the post and researching more online, i realize sand was a bad idea to try to grow moss on). I think I will just let part of the moss grow submerged and when i get a substantial amount, i will attach it to mesh (or if i get impatient i might grind some of it up and rub it on lava rocks). I also added a little carbonated water (as an experiment since all i can kill if i mess up is moss) to give it some co2.

This is a picture after 1 week of dry start, there isn't much change other than some browning:
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Here is today after i added some water, unfortunately i for got to take a picture before i added water:
I cant get the picture to upload, ill try again later

Thanks! comments and suggestions welcome

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An all moss carpet will look very nice in there. I've done it before in a 2.5 gallon. good luck with the dry start.

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glndrifts- how did you do it successfully? what substrate did you useand what process did you do etc.? i just partially flooded mine, but i might remove the water and try a dry start again since you said you successfully dry start a moss carpet (most people start it on rough rocks from what ive seen)
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