HC dry start, one week later: 3/8/2014
Compare to a week ago:
DSM has been a success so far. It's all growing really nicely. No mold that I can see, no algae. I don't see any yellowing or browning leaves, just healthy growth and runners all over.
Here's what I do.
I run the finnex lights for 12 hours a day. I have the tank covered with plastic wrap (completely) for all hours, except for two hours a day during the photo period when I remove the wrap completely. I let it sit for two hours uncovered. After two hours are up, I mist generously and cover again.
I've made a planting plan:
For the hairgrass, I'm going it mostly short, and having it rise to nearly the top of the tank in the back. I was considering going with e. vivipara or e. acicularis for the back, but I didn't want the species to mix. I still may go with another in back. Feedback on that?
I bought some Petsmart p. helferi that was in pretty bad shape at the beginning of the week. I figured "why not?" and planted what I could into my other 20g tank (which is mostly fish only at this point). I'm running DIY CO2 and dosing 1/2 EI, just to feed my ferns and the downoi in there. Here's a pic of the downoi tonight:
When I first got it, it was all white, small and withered. It had no roots to speak of.
It's showing some growth, and it's actually green now. This little experiment seems like it's on it's way. When/if it grows out, it's going into the Chi.
Anyway feel free to leave me some feedback! Thanks for reading!