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Old 01-22-2014, 01:59 AM   #1
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DSM gone wrong? Help


I am starting a planted shrimp tank. I researched the dry start but I think I'm doing it wrong still. The tank is a Fluval Spec with the original light. Fluval shrimp stratum, and placed pieces of Dwarf baby tears on spots hoping to have a carpet.

Ive covered the tank in plastic wrap during the day and I leave a corner open during the night, but the baby tears seem to be dying, and melting.

Not sure what I'm doing wrong, links, advice, anything will be helpful.
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:17 AM   #2
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Can you post some pictures?

Problems off the top of my head include not having enough moisture trapped inside, or too much standing water.
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Photos if they will help
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:51 AM   #4
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you have too much water in the tank; you should not mist the baby tears for a day or two and let the water evaporate out; you want to have the substrate moist but you don't want the plants submerged like you have them.
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Ok.... So I'll take the plastic wrap off for a few days.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:00 AM   #6
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I would try to drain the water with a siphon or gently dab out some with paper towels. The water level should not be above your substrate. Let us know how it goes later!
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Agreed to much water. You want it just below the substrate or lower.. (nothing visible from the top) then mist it daily and cover in plastic wrap to hold in humidity..
i wrote a bit of a guide on mine as i went.. ill update it later but here the basics > HC Dry Start
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:29 AM   #8
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you have too much water in the tank; you should not mist the baby tears for a day or two and let the water evaporate out; you want to have the substrate moist but you don't want the plants submerged like you have them.
This advice is on the money.

HC notoriously gets a fungal infection which looks like fine threads or spiderwebs which kills and digests the plants when kept in wet/moist conditions like that.

Your water line should be 2 inches below the surface of the soil to avoid this issue.

I took a high resolution image of the fungus on HC:

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I mixed a bit if excel in my mist water and it seemed to work real well
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So add some excel wouldnt that kill the plant?
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So add some excel wouldnt that kill the plant?
No, it won't kill the plant but if you simply let the water level drop and keep up with misting and letting the tank breathe, the HC should pick back up and start spreading again.
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Try clear as much of the dead plant tissue as possible. You don't want to give the fungus a place to stage its next attack.
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Will do
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