I am going to be ordering my new 125g this weekend. Originally I was planning on having a fairly large carpet of HC as I've read that it's pretty demanding and spreads easily. However I have noticed that the preferred method for establishing HC seems to be DSM. That is not an option for me because I will breaking down my 55g and transferring everything to the 125g. So, my question is how difficult is it to start an HC carpet in a full tank? Am I asking fir trouble and frustration? I have been considering Staurogyne Reopens as an alternative. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts.
It's possible. Just keep your CO2 and macros up. Also, you'll need medium/high lighting for it to grow. Separate it into small clumps with maybe 2-3 stems per clump. Plant them in a checkerboard pattern. You might see some melting but if the conditions are right, you should see new growth. If you have bottom dwellers, you're going to have to replant often.
Thanks for the feedback. So, if there aren't any fish to dig it up I shouldn't have much of a problem with it floating up? I think I read somewhere that it can be difficult to keep it from becoming uprooted.
BTW, the tank will have MTS/Saf T Sorb substrate, pressurized co2, and EI dosing. Lighting will be a Catalina 3 bulb t5ho fixture. Does that seem capable of growing HC?
Keep the flow at the substrate level subtle and keep any bottom feeding fish/shrimp (amanos especially) out of the tank until it roots well and starts spreading. As mentioned above, CO2 and dosing are important as well as good lighting. It'll grow like a weed once it settles in.