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Old 10-05-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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HC without DSM?


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.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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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.
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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?
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More than capable. Good luck growing it.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:42 PM   #5
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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.
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Thanks again everyone. I am going to give it a shot. I will keep my powerhead aimed up until it takes hold.
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Why not wait to break down your 55g to house your livestock while you do the DSM in your 125g?
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