Dry-start Method (DSM) Help Needed
I've been doing tons of research and given my end goal, I've determined I need to set up my planted tank using the Dry-start Method (DSM). However, I still don't feel comfortable getting started yet. There seems to be too much information, mis-information, and too many variables between the numerous online DSM write-ups and mine. I wish there was a more detailed primer in existence.
Here are the knowns for my setup so far:
Tank: ADA Mini M (approx:14"x8.5"x10"; 5.5 gal)
Light: Mingdak LED panel fixture w/30 white/6 blue LEDs
Filtration: Zoo Med 501
Substrate: ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia (3L Powder Type)
For flora, I hope to attain a carpeted foreground using Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC), though I'm not dead-set on this, along with a medium size plant for a contrasting background such as Staurogyne Repens and/or possibly Rotala Rotundifolia for the color. To keep things simple, I plan to only dry-start with the HC.
Questions regarding my DSM regimen:
1. What nutrient concoction is recommended for the initial soak and daily sprays?
2. What schedule is recommended for lighting, spraying, and oxygenating (removing cover)?
3. What is the recommended method to successfully transition the plants from DSM to submersed? i.e. water change amount and schedule, nutrient additives with water changes.
4. Where should I expect to be with respect to a fishless cycle? I've read that the DSM effectively cycles the tank, but I have a feeling it's not so simple since the filtration with bio-media wasn't a player during the DSM.
5. What else am I missing?