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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-10-2015, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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TruAqua 8" Cube

Equipment:
Fluval Plant Stratum
Seiryu
Hagen Nano Elite Filter
13w CFL
Pressurized co2, glass nano diffuser, HOT drop checker

Future inhabitants:
RCS colony
Horned nerites

I am dry-starting this tank. This is my first time trying this so any tips are appreciated

I planted the HC and one node of Hydrocotyle last week. Since then I have been opening the tank for about 30 mins a day and misting it until everything looks wet. I am not sure if I should be doing this with the light on or off.



Today I planted some Staurogyne I had leftover from planting another tank. I am not set on this for the background and if I don't like it or it doesn't do well in the drystart I will replace it when I flood the tank. I am open for suggestions on what will look nice but I would like something I won't have to trim every week. The HC doesn't look great, there are some yellow leaves. Photoperiod is 9-11 hrs.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-10-2015, 07:54 PM
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I'm nearing the end of my first dry start myself and my hc took about a week and a half of looking very similar to get rooted. Since then it's been spreading like wildfire and almost all the yellowing has stopped. Sounds like your off to a good start. My tank currently has a 13 hour photo period and I uncover and mist about every other day. Be careful on how much you mist. I over misted in the begining and wasnt allowing the tank to vent enough .ended up having to replace a few plugs of hc after the first week due to mold.
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Some new nodes on the hydrocotyle and the stauro has perked up a little

Still have some yellowing in the HC and stauro



The substrate is getting pretty wet so I am misting lightly

12 hour photoperiod, 30 mins of air daily

Things are moving slow
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-19-2015, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Wiped down the glass today and got a better pic:



There is some new growth on the HC so I am hoping it pulls through, I might plant some more to try to speed things up
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A little more green, things seemed to be settled



Will probably not update for a month or so
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1 month update:

Seeing a lot of new HC growth and the stauro has settled in

I get new nodes in the hydrocotyle but I also lose a lot

I am dealing with brown and green algae on and in the substrate

Tank is now under a dual t5ho zoomed fixture with a colormax and daylight bulb.

If I had a regulator for this tank I would probably flood it now but I as it is will probably have to wait another month. I picked up a 5.5" reflector dome that will eventually be over this tank when co2 is in order.

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Last dry start update

Will be filling in the next couple of weeks





I am considering trimming the HC in front of the hydrocotyle to let it spread out a bit
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-07-2015, 06:58 PM
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I find hydrocotyle grows slower emersed than submersed though I do have problems keeping tit in the substrate.

I like what you are doing here!
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