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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-16-2013, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hello,

This is my first high tech planted tank. As well as my first attempt with co2, HC, and DSM

I'm about to start planting but maybe I can get a quick answer. For DSM I assume I should add the water first just to saturate the substrate then plant.

Pics later. Wish me luck




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I'm about to start one of these myself. Are you just using the Statum that came with the kit?

Nice driftwood. What sort is it?
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Malaysian driftwood.

No idea if this is correct or not. Kinda a PITA with the wet stratum. Maybe the experts can chime in.




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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-25-2013, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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1 week update.

Very little growth(which is expected) but growth nonetheless!


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very nice driftwood! awesome placement!

Love these fluval kits! Lots of fun! Keep us updated
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Almost one month!!




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Thanks. I'm really happy with the progress so far. Nothing special. I just give it a mist every day or so and let it air out every few days for about 30 mins. Lights on 12 hrs. So far no browning or mold.

May be important to say I don't have much of a slope so water level is pretty much the same all around and also water is under the substrate.


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Almost time I think!


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Ok i think its time to get serious. I have the coverage I want. And just two issues.

I'm getting spots that are starting to brown. I assume I should cut them out?

You can see in the front the plant is now "growing up" I assume I can prune that as well. I read if it grows like this it will uproot itself. Correct?

Any pointers on flooding? How often for water changes? I do have the filter seeding in my 29gallon. I know I need to blast it with co2 but I only have DIY.


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anyone??
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Awesome tank! Somehow i havent seen this one. I dont really have any experience with HC, but i know with my glosso carpet i have going in a ten gallon i had some brown areas and i cut them out and it filled right in. I would assume you'll see the same results with HC. I'm sure someone else will chime in that has more experience with HC. I know with my glosso i trim constantly and it makes it thicker and thicker.

As far as flooding, in that last pic it looks like you have some great root development and depth, i would say your more than ok to flood. I dont run Co2 in any of my tanks, but wouldnt mind trying it. I'm curious, what DIY did you go with?
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I will be using champagne yeast. Have not decided on a specific recipe yet. Using two 1 liter bottles which will be staggered. But I'm setting them both up at once because I read when you flood a tank with hc you need a lot of co2 the first week. Hoping someone who has done this can chime in before I flood.


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Your correct in cutting off the brown stuff.

I wouldn't worry too much about staggering bottles of co2 because if your lights are so high that you need that level of stability then you should probably get pressurized. Use two liter bottles with 2 cups of sugar and 1/2 tsp of yeast with warm water. Shake the crap out of it and usually within a few hours it should produce. I change my bottles at night and by morning they are rolling at full steam. At room temp (approx. 72F) this will start you at around 1.5 bps, winding down to 1 bps and lower in 2-3 weeks. Maybe longer if you use champagne yeast. If you keep an eye on your bps you can see when it starts to slow down and when it falls below your desired level just change it that night and your back in business. Its not like a little time without co2 s gonna cause an algae explosion. If you find yourself in the situation where you'll can't change your mixture for a day or two, just back you lights off wether it be great intensity(distance) or duration and you should be fine.

I have used a lot of different recipes and bottle sizes, for me this has always worked the best and is what I use currently.

As for blasting the co2, maybe do two bottles to start with if you don't have any fish and let it go crazy. But bps isn't everything, the method for diffusion makes a huge difference for how much actually dissolves and I have found that you can use less co2 than most people deem necessary when dissolved properly.

That's my two cents. Good luck.
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