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post #31 of 90 (permalink) Old 11-15-2013, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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post #32 of 90 (permalink) Old 11-16-2013, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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Decided to go with HC again.

I like the idea of HC with some hairgrass patches around the stones. This is something I wanted to do with the last scape, but went another direction.

So, Friday night became dry start night. This is my first attempt at a dry start, so tips and tricks are welcome, and greatly appreciated.
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I wish I could!

The filter and heater for this tank are in use on another tank ATM... Once I pick up equipment for that tank, this one will get flooded. I'm not a big dry start fan.
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post #35 of 90 (permalink) Old 11-20-2013, 04:33 PM
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Personally, I like to do dry starts. I think that you can establish a root network that holds tighter when flooded. When I dry start I cover my tank in saran wrap then tape 3 sides of the tank down air tight. I leave one end open to do my occasional misting, however, on your tank you may need both ends open due to the length. Also, once my HC starts to grow well I trim it and spread the trimmings out to increase the spread rate.

The layout looks great! Good Luck!
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your carpet seems to be doing really well, nice work

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post #37 of 90 (permalink) Old 11-20-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.

I have the back taped, as the saran wrap wouldn't stick to the background I have on the tank. The rest is just clinging tightly to the glass.

I've been airing it out daily, along with a light mist.

So far so good.

As far as why I don't like dry starts, it seemed that everyone I know who did one, ended up with a massive algae bloom after flooding. Even when cranking co2. I'm hoping to avoid this... Haha

I'm sure it does help establish a good root system, though. So far visible growth up top seems to be very minimal. I've also noticed towards the end of the photoperiod, the HC looks a little sad. In the morning, however, everything looks green and perky. Go figure. I took four plugs from the tank and am growing them emersed in some tupperware. I'll probably use some of that, if it grows, to continue filling in the gaps throughout the dry start.

IT IS kinda nice not worrying about algae or dosing ferts for a while.

I still need to add some DHG in random places around/behind the stones for a natural mixed carpet feel.

Thanks again for the comments and suggestions. I'll keep the updates coming!
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Not a whole lot going on, but there is some noticeable growth.

The HC had some recovery to do. It had spent a little too much time in shipping due to a holiday, then sat around for another day or so before I floated it in a breeder box in another tank for a day or so, then made it here... It's doing well now, though.

Top pic is day 1, bottom is day 10.

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First, very glad you didn't choose the 1st scape. It wasn't bad but what you choose is amazing. I liked your last tank, this should look a lot better with taller rocks. Looking forward to this.
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First, very glad you didn't choose the 1st scape. It wasn't bad but what you choose is amazing. I liked your last tank, this should look a lot better with taller rocks. Looking forward to this.
Thanks dude. I'm glad I was kinda pushed to have another go at the layout by someone on the SCAPE forum. I liked the first layout, but I LOVE this one. This one seems to give the stones a stronger presence. It's gonna look nice, simple, and clean. Just what I was aiming for.
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I'm curious, how much aqua soil you used in this scape?
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post #42 of 90 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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I'm curious, how much aqua soil you used in this scape?

It's a full 9L bag. Maybe just a little bit more.
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post #43 of 90 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Also, here's a progression pic of about a months worth of DSM... Not as much growth as I would like to see, but it's still doing well.

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It's gunna explode in the next month. Keep us updated. Good shots of the growth

40 Breeder in progress...
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post #45 of 90 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I hope so, I've started to see some leaves yellow and die. I was bad for a few days, though, about airing out the tank and misting...
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