|08-27-2013, 07:08 PM||#1|
Planted Tank Enthusiast
Dry start questions - the crypt parva journal
So I've decided that being that I spend a good chunk of my day in my office, that I'd like to setup an office tank so that I can have something nice to look at in my spare time.
-10 gallon tank top de-rimmed. (bottom doesn't bother me at all and I prefer extra support being that its in the office.)
-lava rocks siliconed to the bottom of the tank to create slopes. With 3/4" mineralized topsoil covered in an inch of pool sand.
-2 Walmart dome lights
-tom rapids mini canister. I know its cheap, but hey i'll live.
Tank will be setup as a dry start for at least 3-6 months. It'll be pretty simple. I plan on getting about 8-10 pots of c. parva and a couple of different types of mosses that I have and I will do the yogurt method for the mosses and plant each parva by hand to get a nice solid carpet. Even for slow crypts, several months should be enough time to take root and hold the slopes in place.
On this note, I realize that alot of the parva will melt when I submerge in 6 or however many months. But my goal is to get a really well established root system for the plants and have slope that won't as easily collapse. I also just really love crypts so...
I plan on ending up with mostly crypts and moss in this tank and I'd like a bunch of anubias nana petite. Keep it simple. Probably try some of the newer strains of shrimp. We'll see!
Last edited by pianofish; 08-27-2013 at 07:13 PM.. Reason: title
|08-27-2013, 07:12 PM||#2|
Planted Tank Enthusiast
I'll be derimming the 10 gallon this weekend.
Time for questions:
1. How often do you leave lights on during your dry start phase? Is there such a thing as too much light (intensity)?
2. Do you leave holes in the lids/ plastic wrap on the top of the tank. If so, how many and where?
3. What humidity range do you shoot for?
4. I plan on having some pretty intense slopedge, so how would I keep the upper substrate moist?
5. Do you mist with fertilizers added?
6. I plan on doing the yogurt moss start up as well, any tips for this?
7. Any tips for crypt drystarting?
8. Do you use a powerhead to circulate air flow during your dry starts? If so, do you leave it on at all times or off and on?
9. How often do you air out the the tank?
10. How long do you keep the cover off to air it out?
And if you don't feel up to answering all of my questions, I understand. However, I appreciate any and all help that you can give!
|08-27-2013, 08:51 PM||#3|
,When I did my dry start I didn't go into as much detail as you are, maybe that's because I was so new I didn't realize it would have made a difference. I'm not sure if the humidity changes depending on the species you're trying to grow and I also don't know too much about the moss yogurt method as I haven't tried it. I'm just going to tell you what worked for me and hope it helps out a little bit. More experience members feel free to correct me, im only answering from experience so i wont be able to answer everything listed without giving false info:
1. I fiddled with how long I kept my lights on and I found that around 12 hours a day did best, plants stayed green and grew well, too much light and they started to yellow for me.
2. I poked a series of wholes in the saran wrap, cause I found that if I didn't too much condensation would start to build up on the glass and I started to see a tiny bit of mold. I'd say I had about 12 wholes, about an inch in diameter for a 20L.
8. I don't believe a powerhead is necessary if you're regularly airing out the tank but hey, someone else might find it usefull.
9. I aired mine out once every day or 2, seemed to work well.
10. For 30min at a time.
Hopefully more people chime in because I'm sure they know a little more then me.
I'm confident it'll work for you if a guy like me who's still learning everyday could get it to work. Good luck! I'll be following along