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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Advantages to DSM with HC

I've noticed that a lot of people use dry starts with HC carpets. So what's so great about that? I got 2 pots of HC from AFA two days ago, and I currently have it immersed with wet soil and 2x daily mistings. From what I've heard, using that DSM with HC can melt a lot of it. Should I flood the tank soon and start my cycling, or should I wait a week?


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-30-2012, 01:43 AM
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I used the dry start method, but I think my HC was already growing emersed when I received it, so there was no melting. But they look like they need some fertilizing because some of the leaves are turning yellow. I have straight eco-complete with no additives. I have sprayed some nitrogen on them and a lot of the leaves are bright green again.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-30-2012, 01:48 AM
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I bought HC from live aquaria and just put it in my cycled tank with Black Diamond and it recently started spreading pretty significantly. I run pressurized co2 and 78 watt t5ho in my 30 gallon.
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