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Ditch the heater, do a dsm with small gravel. The kind that is like the same size as the diameter of a pencil lead. CO2 will be a huge help once you decide to fill, make sure you're patient, and that it's near a full carpet before you fill with water.
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Ditch the heater, do a dsm with small gravel. The kind that is like the same size as the diameter of a pencil lead. CO2 will be a huge help once you decide to fill, make sure you're patient, and that it's near a full carpet before you fill with water.
What's dsm? How do I get the carpet to spread?
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dry start. i highly recommend it too. cover the tank in plastic wrap or something to keep humidity up. makes sure no plants dry out.

you provide lots of light, and have patience and the HC will spread.
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dry start. i highly recommend it too. cover the tank in plastic wrap or something to keep humidity up. makes sure no plants dry out.

you provide lots of light, and have patience and the HC will spread.
Alright sounds good. I googled it and found a big post on barrreport that was very thorough. If I wanna add tetras do I need the heater? Homemade co2 good enough?
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How warm is your house? I have the same tank at work with no heater, never seems to go under 70. ( at 72 to 74 right now with ac running). Check the link in mr signature
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well tetras are going to like temps of 78F or something, so yeas unless you live in a tropical region, get a heater.
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According to several info sites, neon like a much wider range of temps, from 68 to 78. Cardinals like the warmer range 75 to 84.
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I think that either Neons or Cardinals would be kinda crammed in the 3 gallons. You will need to cycle the tank like you normally would, but it might take longer with the Miracle gro. Welcome to the forum and you should search the forum before google, there is a ton of info on here and sometimes google brings you straight back to here haha.

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So I got my bag of magic dirt in the mail today and am finally able to start figuring out the hardscape. I've looked at pictures and videos of a lot of setups but I still feel like I'm doing something wrong. Here's a few setups that I tried out...any suggestions would be great. I plan on doing HC in front with DHG in the back. DSM and maybe shrimp eventually. I also need a light that isn't blue.





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I like the bottom one - first one is to "stonehenge-y"
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I like the 2nd one but would bet that the back right and front center stone would get lost in the carpet, even a short one.
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So this is where Im at. I bought an HC mat 4x4 and 3 bunches of DHG and planted them. They are separated by a plexiglass sheet to keep them from growing together.

I'm not really sure what to do next as my HC doesn't look like its growing much and is actually melting in places. The DHG is still rooting I'm assuming since it still looks green and isn't dieing off anywhere.

I'm using a 9w 6500k light for 12 hours per day and watering with de-chlor tapwater with some miracle gro.

At this point I feel like I should flood the tank but I'm afraid there aren't enough plants to fight algae. The growth has been much slower than I thought it would and even with some trimming I still feel like its slow going. So I see a few options: I could just flood it and do liquid ferts and hope for the best. Or I could buy some more HC to plant before I flood it to have a better bio-load. I just don't want to spend more money and then have it crap out on me.

My final option would be to scrap the whole thing and do a low tech tank. I really wanted to get some shrimp in there which I hear is better to do low tech.

Anyway here are some pics. The plants in the front seem to be healthy but the growth isn't very impressive. The two bunches in the back right have melted back a lot, not sure why.


Any advice or direction would be great. Thanks
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bump. looking for some advice.
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