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Old 10-19-2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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60 Gallon "Placerita"


Trying to give it a go on my largest tank I've ever had and my first planted one. I'm calling it "Placerita" because thats the canyon trails I collected the rocks and wood from for my hardscape. On to the details...

Equipment:
-60 Gallon tank
-Eheim 2215
-80 lb. Eco-Complete (fine grade)
-36" Current USA Satellite+

Flora:
-DHG Belem
-More TBD

Fauna:
-TBD

I'm starting the DHG with using the Dry Start Method. At the time of the first few pictures I'm on day 6 of the DSM. I still haven't decided what other plants to throw in here once I flood it. I was thinking of maybe using some Blyxa. Not sure of what else.

I'm still probably at least a month away from adding any fish. I want to keep it simple so I was thinking of some Tetra's, Red Cherry Shrimp, and a few Angels.













I'm open to comments and suggestions if you have any. I hope you guys can enjoy the progress as much as I (hopefully) will!
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:35 PM   #2
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I'm by no means an expert on DSM - but I'm fairly confident in say that there is too much water being used in your tank for a DSM. The substrate should be saturated with water but not to the point of pooling. I would siphon the remaining water out (or use a spare towel to absorb the water). Afterwards you would mist the tank to maintain saturation.

Play around with the scape and show us some other options while you're in DSM - helps make the 'DSM time' pass.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:10 PM   #3
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I'm by no means an expert on DSM - but I'm fairly confident in say that there is too much water being used in your tank for a DSM. The substrate should be saturated with water but not to the point of pooling. I would siphon the remaining water out (or use a spare towel to absorb the water). Afterwards you would mist the tank to maintain saturation.
Yup, water level is a big too high. Water only needs to be about 1/4 inch under the level of the substrate so you don't even want to see water on top. However, DHG is not nearly as picky about water level than something like HC so if it's too high, it doesn't suffer much. On the flip side, it also has much deeper roots and will do better with less water than HC. You can almost grow DHG as a terrestrial plant once it has adapted.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:44 PM   #4
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Yeaaah GKG!
Lol, Nice tank.
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:01 AM   #5
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I'm by no means an expert on DSM - but I'm fairly confident in say that there is too much water being used in your tank for a DSM. The substrate should be saturated with water but not to the point of pooling. I would siphon the remaining water out (or use a spare towel to absorb the water). Afterwards you would mist the tank to maintain saturation.

Play around with the scape and show us some other options while you're in DSM - helps make the 'DSM time' pass.
The only other option I have for the hardscape is this other smaller rock in place of the giant one on the right. I kind of like that its more open over there now. I can probably add some tall stems over in that corner behind the rock to add some height.

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What do you think?

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Yup, water level is a big too high. Water only needs to be about 1/4 inch under the level of the substrate so you don't even want to see water on top. However, DHG is not nearly as picky about water level than something like HC so if it's too high, it doesn't suffer much. On the flip side, it also has much deeper roots and will do better with less water than HC. You can almost grow DHG as a terrestrial plant once it has adapted.
I took out as much water as I could with a towel. The level is now below the substrate. Thanks for the tip!

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Yeaaah GKG!
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Thanks! GKG!
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:48 PM   #6
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Guys...yesterday was a great day. First of all, when I went to go mist my DHG I started noticing a few runners!! This was really exciting because I was starting to lose hope. I knew that DHG was slow to get going, but I was sure that I would have seen something by now. I thought I had done something wrong. Anyways, super stoked to see growth!

Secondly, I found out that my buddy on my hockey team used to manage a few aquarium shops back in the day and still has his aquarium wholesalers license! Now I can pretty much get anything I want at wholesale prices. He doesn't know it, but my wife hates him now...

I'll post some pictures when the growth hopefully gets more noticeable.
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