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Hardscape Done! Planting - Did I do it correctly?

Hi guys, my HC finally came in the mail today. I split the HC into 5-10 leaf portions, but I got really tired and decided to make small portions of 10+ leaves. Here is my aquascape as of today. I decided to do a dry start method, so I covered the tank with saran wrap. Is there anything that is important to do during the dry start method?

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Looks good to me. I can tell where the water line is but you want it to be below the substrate. Seems counter intuitive but your plants will suffer if they are at the water level and especially if under the water level. As they start rooting, you can even bring the water level down further, like 1/4 in or so under the substrate.
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Looks good to me. I can tell where the water line is but you want it to be below the substrate. Seems counter intuitive but your plants will suffer if they are at the water level and especially if under the water level. As they start rooting, you can even bring the water level down further, like 1/4 in or so under the substrate.
What should I do when I fill the tank with water? Do I add more excel than necessary?
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Does your LFS sell prepared freshwater? A few 5 gallon drinking water containers and around .50 a gallon would get you going.
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Scape looks good. Your water looks a bit high though. Be patient on the dsm, let it fully fill in.
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What should I do when I fill the tank with water? Do I add more excel than necessary?
You can but you don't need to. Just wait until is is really rooted in though because filling early will allow the HC to rise up. I have filled early a few times out of lack of patience and lost 50% or more of my HC.
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im digging that hardscape alot! just mind the water level, you should try to dab/absorb that pooling water asap, bad things will form in it.
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im digging that hardscape alot! just mind the water level, you should try to dab/absorb that pooling water asap, bad things will form in it.
Thanks man, I lowered the water level a lot and I increased humidity by spray water a few times. How long does it take for HC to root?
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This looks great, I love the scape. How long are you planning to do the DSM for? It is really rewarding. You can check my journal out (in signature) to see what things can look like after 8 weeks!
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I love that you used a piece of focal wood rather than a focal rock. Very nice.

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This looks great, I love the scape. How long are you planning to do the DSM for? It is really rewarding. You can check my journal out (in signature) to see what things can look like after 8 weeks!
Thanks! I'm not sure how long I should do it. Like most people, I'm looking to make a carpet of HC. How long do you think it will take? I have a 26w CFL. Ill check out your journal soon.
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