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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2014, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for suggestion. Dwarf Baby Tears

I have a 15 gallon setup here. I am using eco complete substrate here, 36 watt light on for 8.5 hrs daily on timer with a fan to keep the light running cool. I have the tank covered in saran wrap except for when i mist my plants with plain water 2x daily. The plants are very healthy and look great but they aren't growing... I tried goin to 10 hrs of light before and then they started to dry/burn so i replanted. What am i doing wrong here? Its been a month and they still arent spreading out.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2014, 06:10 AM
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I've never had long term success with HC. I've been successful with DSM but never to long after flooding.

I think your issue is Eco complete. Eco complete is intert and HC is heavy root feeder...
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2014, 03:00 PM
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HC needs a lot of C02. I started mine flooded in a dirt tank and it went crazy with growth.
If I were you I would put some first in the substrate, flood, and add C02........

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 01:24 AM
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I am a newb so take this as you will. I have a 2 gallon Spec, sugar sand cap with organic soil under neath. No co2 but a very powerful (26w) light. After a couple days from the pet store it already looks bushy and I can see the roots reaching more. Since my tank has such a small foot print (and is a dire patience trier when it comes to planting...) I didn't separate and planted just in one glob. Oh and my tank was already running with a betta in it.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 10:26 PM
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I am currently carpetting a 4 gallon with dwarf baby tears. This is a difficult plant...period. There are people on youtube that make it look simple. They grow beautful carpets in a month's time, and everything just goes peachy. My hat is off to them.

A lot of people mix Excel into their spray bottles and mist the plants with that. I've never done it without Excel, so I can't compare. If you are going to remain growing them "dry", I highly recommend mixing Excel into your water and see how that goes.

I started dry myself. I have a 25 watt T5 6500 Finnex, homemade substrate with peat moss infused with Iron and all the other micros and macros, root tabs, and the light was on 9 hours a day. I was getting growth, but not the rate I was expecting, so after a month I just decided to flood the tank. I let it go for a week and a half, dosing Excel everyday, but the tears started losing that vibrant green color. I began injecting Co2 and they perked right up within a day or two and are now growing again.

Point of the story is, these plants are very high maintanace and require a lot of...everything (nutrient rich substrate, tons of light, co2, and dosing the water column).

Co2 is most likely your missing piece. Mix Excel into your water and see how that goes. If it doesn't help, my only solution would be to flood and inject co2. Dry starting is supposed to be better because there is much more co2 available in the air than in the water (quoting what I have read on the internets). Regardless of this, some people hate it, others swear by it.

I personally have had more success with flooding and co2 injection. This is my experience and is not the "end-all" solution.

Good luck with it. That tank is going to look great once they start carpeting.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-29-2014, 07:15 AM
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Eco-Complete grows HC just fine. I would look a little closer at your lighting.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-29-2014, 07:42 AM
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You don't need to cover HC. Just keep the soil wet and blast that light. I did 14 hours a day on my emersed HC growout tank. Also ECO has no nutritional content so it's going to grow slow. Put some fert tabs/pellets in there.

There is no need to put excel in the water. Air has all the CO2 this plant will need to grow.

Wet soil, nutrient rich substrate, and light is all you need to grow HC emersed.
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