Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: American Fork, UT
even in a regular substrate (sand, gravel, ect) its not the best idea to dose ferts while in a dry start phase, its normal for leaves, especially HC to turn a little yellow and brown, its just converting from submersed to emersed it will go away after a while and you will see new growth, i just had the same issue with one of my tanks, but dosing with ferts is a waste of ferts while in the dry start situation..... just make sure water level is below the substrate surface, you have the tank air tight for humidity, temp is in the right place and mist every other day, patience is the key, too many people cant wait and are afraid its really not as simple as it seems and over complicate the DSM and end up killing their plants, melting them, or hurting them and stunting the growth
some people will use a VERY VERY diluted solution and mist it in the tank, but i dont think that is necessary, just wait till its time to flood, then dose heavily with co2 for the first week, then add ferts after
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