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Old 12-03-2014, 08:54 PM   #1
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Spec V drystart project


Hello nanonuts!
I have a Fluval spec V coming in the mail on Thursday, and want to do a dry start with Carib Sea eco complete as a base. Worried little about my ground cover plants rooting well. Do I need a fine sand layer to encourage good root penetration? Here is my preliminary planting list:
FOREGROUND AND MIDGROUND:
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Micranthemum umbrosum
Cryptocoryne wenditii
Hydrocotyle tripartita (or leucocephala)
Ludwigia arcuata
ON MOPANI WOOD AND Ryuoh ROCK:
Fissidens fontanus
Microsorum pterotopus
Anubias barteri var. nana
Anubias minima
Crypticoryne lutea
(any suggestions for background and/or other plants. Can they be dry started?)
I thank you for any suggestions you can give me. I know this is a lot of different specimens and will end up with a short list after I get some feedback.) Will also attempt to draw up a planscape.
I intend to later add five pearl Danios ,cherry shrimp, nerite snails, otoclinus. What do you think?

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Old 12-06-2014, 08:39 PM   #2
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:52 PM   #3
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:32 PM   #4
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12/9
Started dry DSM
Three nice stones and Mopani driftwood. Put in 10 lbs.+ of Carib eco complete and positioned decorations. Tried to start small crypt and an anubia on the mopani wood without tying in place. We’ll see if they take hold.
Planted:
Cyyptocoryne wendtii “green”
Eleocharis parvula “Dwarf Hairgrass
Anubias barteri var. nana Anubias nana
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Started dry DSM
Three nice stones and Mopani driftwood. Put in 10 lbs.+ of Carib eco complete and positioned decorations. Tried to start small crypt and an anubia on the mopani wood without tying in place. We’ll see if they take hold.
Planted:
Cyyptocoryne wendtii “green”
Eleocharis parvula “Dwarf Hairgrass
Anubias barteri var. nana Anubias nana
Here are two pictures:



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Old 12-09-2014, 11:44 PM   #5
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Will definitely be following along on this journey!
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:00 AM   #8
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Default DSM day2

Welcome aboard! Today received a
BeamsWork 14-17 in. LED lamp
1500 lumen
.5 watt x 33
1000K x 30
Actinic 460nm. x 3
also visited my LFS and picked up some Monte Carlo to add to my dry start.

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Default Day 3

Removed some tiny fronds of Fissidens from my Fluvial Flora tank and laid them out on the Mopani wood to see if they would attach. I like the brighter light of my new LED lamp. I have no idea how many PAR it's rated, just the info off the box I mentioned in an earlier post.
Left cover off for 30–45 min. to add CO2. then misted and recovered.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:06 PM   #10
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Humidity good in tank. Lifted the saran wrap and misted everything. How often do I need to open the tank to keep CO2 levels high enough for good growth?

Todays pictures showing the humidity. Everything is just dripping.
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:26 PM   #11
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12/12:Have lifted a small corner of the saran wrap to allow for gas exchange. Will check from time to time to see if humidity maintains almost a much as when closed. I judge it by seeing if the small bits of moss on the log and rock are still wet.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:58 PM   #12
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Nice mopani! Like the overhang, good place for critters to hang out and feel safe, while still visible. Good luck!
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:54 PM   #13
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Red face Day 5 with more questions

Nothing much today. I misted with Exel dilution and replaced the saran wrap completely and sealed it. I watched a Utube presentation on a Dutch grower and saw that they dry start a lot of their aquatics. Many that I thought you couldn't. They keep the plants feet in the water in a mist environment. I hope that my wet substrate will work as well. I have not filled with water to the substrate level, Carib substrate had water in it. Hoping that maintaining the maximum humidity that I can will be enough to get these little guys to root at a descent pace (never fast enough!). Am going to post some questions on main page as I don't seem to get replies here (no offense).
Want to try and get a Java fern start to attach to wood and
rock. Anyway, here is today's image, plants looking healthy:
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:59 PM   #14
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Well, went to Petco yesterday and picked up some Java moss and Java fern. Separated some fern rhizomes single and multiple and set them on wood and rock. Old shaky hands can't tie them to these decorations, so will hope they take hold by the time dry start is ready to flood (2 mo.?) Also got a "wreath" of moss, which I am pulling pieces off and again lying on rock and wood. I think humidity is as close to 100% as I can get it. Surrounding room temp is 72º and sides of tank, as you can see, are dripping. Water still not up to level of Carib substrata but everything fully moist. All looks pretty healthy so far. Would like to get some pennywort (rotundifolia) to add as well, then, that should do it for dry start plants. With the humidity so high, I wonder if I should leave saran wrap fully covering the tank.
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Do you plan on running co2 when you fill it with water?
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