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Old 07-23-2012, 04:53 AM   #1
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2.5g First time DSM


This is my first time trying out the dry start method. I have been out of the hobby for about 5 years and am back and trying to refresh my knowledge a bit, its slowly coming back to me lol.

Anyway, this day 1 since I redid it all again today as I sloped my substrate originally and the HC in the front was submerged in order to get water to the roots of the plants in the back of the tank and I added a moss wall today as well. I don't know if the moss wall will work or not but I guess there is only one way to find out for sure!

I originally bought a 25w refugium light but took it back as it had a HUGE clamp on it and there was no way to make it work and be able to use the cover. I took it back and bought a Fluval 13w fixture ( the one that comes on the Fluval Flora kit) and its MUCH brighter than the refugium light was, better reflector I would assume. I had to modify the clip of the light fixture as it was too narrow for a framed tank so I removed some of the channel with a dremel so it fit better and I sanded down the glass top a few mm so it would fit with the clip of the light snugly.

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Tank- standard 2.5g
Lighting- Fluval 13w clip on
Substrate- Safe-T-Sorb over a light dusting of peat moss on the bottom glass.

Flora:

Java moss on Malaysian driftwood and sandwiched between plastic canvas to hopefully form a moss wall.
Micro sword
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:09 AM   #2
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Off to a great start! I like the driftwood it has some character. I would make sure no water is above the substrate in the front so you don't get algae it looks like it may be a bit. Do you plan on having co2?
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:21 AM   #3
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Thanks! Yeah I will either do DIY or I've been thinking about going pressurized and for this would likely do paintball setup for this one.
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Oh, and there's no water over the substrate it was just dusty water stains in the picture, I cleaned it up today when I misted the tank
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:58 AM   #5
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This is awesome! Looks great!
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Thank you very much, hope it comes out like I envision! lol Time will tell.
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This is looking good. Where do you get the plastic canvas?
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This is looking good. Where do you get the plastic canvas?
I picked it up at a crafts store, Joanne's to be exact, it is in the cross-stitch section usually near the yarn. Locally a 10.5"x13.5" is $0.59 so its cheap and you can do a lot of stuff with it other than just moss walls. I have used it as a pump guard when I use to have an emersed setup to keep things from floating into the intake. You can use it as a tank divider as well. Lots of cool stuff can be done with this stuff. Comes in a variety colors as well.
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Checking in again! So from personal experience I HATE DIY CO2! Not that it doesn't work for some people but for me it was too much hassle and never worked too well. And if you are going to invest months into doing a dry start you might as well pay a little more for a paintball system that has less fluctuation. I have a 20oz co2 tank going now and if I have it fully filled it can go for a long time.

Also, how do you like your light fixture? I get tired of having a lamp haha
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Yeah I have been dragging my feet on a pressurized setup but you're right if I am going to put this much time and effort into a tank I think its time to go for it. I just need to figure out what I need to do it right!

I like it so far and it seems to be doing well I think I'm seeing some growth in the HC but I'm not 100% sure I figure I'll keep tabs on it weekly via pics and compare them for growth. The JBJ refugium light was 25w and was not nearly as bright as this one.
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I think im going to do this for my next tank. Good luck!
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Thank you!
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A little update ( pics to follow tomorrow at some point):

The moss wall is starting to throw out new growth through the plastic canvas! I'm pretty stoked that it is actually working. I'll take some pics tomorrow and post a weekly photo update.
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looks great so far, make sure that glass lid is air tight, more humidity=more growth for dsm, i just flooded my dsm 10 gal that was planted with hc and microsword as well, make sure you have good flow of co2 once you flood, trust me, dont do diy after a dsm, im selling a pressurized system in the sale/trade section i build my own paintball setups too.

if you want an excellent price on paintball co2 setups look for nilocg he sales them for really cheap and he is very informative, i just purchased three setups from him ( go with his ultimate setup, cant beat the price) cant wait till they get here!!
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looks great so far, make sure that glass lid is air tight, more humidity=more growth for dsm, i just flooded my dsm 10 gal that was planted with hc and microsword as well, make sure you have good flow of co2 once you flood, trust me, dont do diy after a dsm, im selling a pressurized system in the sale/trade section i build my own paintball setups too.

if you want an excellent price on paintball co2 setups look for nilocg he sales them for really cheap and he is very informative, i just purchased three setups from him ( go with his ultimate setup, cant beat the price) cant wait till they get here!!
Thank you! I wish I would have known about that earlier I just got in some ferts from him this afternoon lol. Thank you for the info I sent him a PM about them.
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