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Old 03-30-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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The Wolf's Aquarium - DSM/Week9 ( Plants yellowing :( New pictures )


Hi All! I've lurked the forums for 10 weeks and promised I would start a journal. A few weeks...(8)...later and here is the start. An added benefit of being late = more pictures to show!

I've started off with the Dry Start Method (DSM) primarily because I wanted to develop strong carpet roots for the hemantius cuba (baby dwarf tears), and dwarf hair grass. Ontop of this - at the start of this project my basement had nothing but a concrete floor. With the basement still under construction - the goal is to have it completed by the end of April to allow for the first true fill of the tank.

For the dry start method I have been using a 6 hours photoperiod with 3 T5HO's (light fixture purchased from Catalina). Rather than spray the plants down everyday I have been using a simple water bottle humidifer. The humidifer turns on for 30 minutes a day. This has kept the humidify high, and no pools of water forming.

The cabinet build started a week after the DSM. NOTE: I am the far from being a carpenter - but I wanted to have DIY project on the go outside of basement construction - and something to help pass the time while I wasn't able to fill the tank.

I do have a list of equipment, substrate, etc and I'll include that all prior to the inital fill. Equipment list will likely show up when I have alll the equipment in place within the cabinet.

Enjoy and wish me luck!

**UPDATE**
Here is an old picture of the growth, the scape remains unchanged. I'm unhappy with the left hand side, it looks unnatural. I really like what I have circled in green, but the entire red areas a whole doesn't fit right. Any suggestions are appreciated (Pic in lower post)

Week9 plants yellowing Any ideas?

Cheers!
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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It's cool to see u build the stand yourself !!!
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:45 PM   #3
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It's cool to see u build the stand yourself !!!
Thanks. Once the basement drywall is all up and the mounds of dust quit piling up I will paint it. Going for an 'anqtiue' look on it. Base coat will be a pale teal, then second coat will be a dark brown. With a bit of sanding in the corners is should begin to look old.
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Looking great so far!
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its really see to see the progress like that. looks great
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its really see to see the progress like that. looks great
Thanks, im excited for water to be put into the tank. If it wasn't for the basement construction holding me back I'm not sure if I'd have the patience for DSM.
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Here is an old picture of the growth, the scape remains unchanged. I'm unhappy with the left hand side, it looks unnatural. I really like what I have circled in green, but the entire red areas a whole doesn't fit right. Any suggestions are appreciated!
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I would suggest pointing the branch on the far left up more, and flattening out the stones on the left a tad. It seems a little unnatural that the stone is sticking out of the soil so much. Just try it and see if you like it.
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Thanks assasin. Sadly I'm going to be away from the tank until the 11th. I can ONLY hope that my auto pilot system with humidifer work until then. I appreciate the advice, gave me a good idea Will post pictures after update.
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Plants are yellowing/browning/melting during my DSM. Any ideas on what is happening. I've noticed this more and more as the plants have grown they were lush/green at one point - but seems growth has stopped and yellowing has started.

Here is a picture. Any of you DSM experts out there lend a tip!
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Seeing as how the majority of the yellowing is happening at the front where the substrate is at the lowest point. I used a dish cloth to soak up a lot of the water that was in that substrate. I'm pulling at strings - but maybe that will help bring some life back.

Doesn't explain the other areas
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