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Old 08-28-2014, 07:19 PM   #1
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New Aquatop 5 gallon Tank Journal - DSM


Tank: Aquatop 5 Gallon High Clarity Glass
Light: Finnex FugeRay+ Planted
Substrate: Natural Cat Litter
Mopani Stump
Seriyu Stone
Ferts: Flourish Root tabs (8 spaced evenly)
Flora:
crypt nurii
anubias nana
ludwigia repens "Rubin"
hemianthus callitrichoides
rotala indica "Green"


I'm going with the dry start method. I like the idea of giving the HC, and the other plants, a chance to root in before flooding. It will also give me time to decide on the other equipment such as CO2, filter, etc. Hope to post timeline pics to keep up with the progress.

I have 2 Mr Aqua 12's that will have to wait until we move out of the apt and into a house.

Enjoy.

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Old 08-28-2014, 07:29 PM   #2
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I didn't know that you could DSM stem and rhizome plants. Thanks for sharing
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:53 PM   #3
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Really interested in seeing how your setup goes
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:30 PM   #4
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Anubais is a very hardy plant it can be grown partially or completely submerged and even comely out of water (as long as kept humid/moist). Many, though not all, aquatic plants are actually marsh plants designed to survive above and below water, we just keep them below water all the time.
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:35 PM   #5
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Day 7 Updated Tank Shot:



Bump: Some of the HC is wilting, but the stem plants are putting out nice roots and the anubias is doing great. Plan on running DSM for at least a couple more weeks.
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:24 PM   #6
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If I may submit my two cents, I think you have too much water. The anubias and crypt will require lots of humidity, but I've found HC to be especially susceptible to mold if the setup is too wet. So my suggestion is to just keep a close eye on it. The brown wilting is the first sign I saw before the spider webbing like stuff that killed nearly all of mine off in just a few days...

Otherwise, I'll say too that things are looking good a week in!

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If I may submit my two cents, I think you have too much water. The anubias and crypt will require lots of humidity, but I've found HC to be especially susceptible to mold if the setup is too wet. So my suggestion is to just keep a close eye on it. The brown wilting is the first sign I saw before the spider webbing like stuff that killed nearly all of mine off in just a few days...

Otherwise, I'll say too that things are looking good a week in!

Best of luck!
Thanks for the info from experience. I'll drain some down. Better safe than sorry.
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I'm interested to see how this turns out! I've done DSM on a few tanks before, and it's always been great to see some growth before I flood. Those first few roots really help HC stick to the substrate to stop float-away.
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Thanks for the info from experience. I'll drain some down. Better safe than sorry.
Yeah, the key to DSM is keeping it humid, not wet. Of course you need water below the substrate level, but inside the container, you don't need more standing water (including drops on the glass), you just need it to be humid. If that makes sense...haha
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Had to go out of town on business and had some die-off. Going to flood the tank today and hope the HC and the ludwigia make a comeback.

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And now it's flooded. Clarity will come with time.

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Day 45. Finally got pressurized CO2, albeit the Fluval 20gram disposable one. For my budget and tank size, it beats DIY. Found 16 gram threaded cartridges on Amazon for cheap, so it works. Hope to see improvement in the days to come. Only one Red Ludwigia survived and the HC will take some time to come around. Got snails, but don't bother me for now.

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7 Weeks. Added 3 white clouds, a green neon, and two algae shrimp. The ugly phase is slowly going away.

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